Company Here And Now was founded in June 2015 by Rockie Stone and Vincent Van Berkel. A collaboration of identities, experiences and lives, this duo brings to the stage a wealth of experience from some of Australia's foremost contemporary circus companies.
Their beautiful work speaks to audience and artists of all kinds with its ambition, detail, uniqueness, breadth of subject matter and style.
Their first work together, 'Perhaps Hope' (formerly Perhaps There Is Hope Yet), premiered at Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2015 and swiftly won the Original New Circus award. Subsequent seasons in Perth and Adelaide fringe festivals in 2016 gathered a lot of attention for this exciting new company.
Their European premiere at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 earned 'Perhaps Hope' a Total Theatre award nomination in the Circus category, and has fostered relationships and touring opportunities both locally and internationally.
Since then, Perhaps Hope has toured to New Zealand, Korea and Italy, as well as esteemed arts festivals within Australia.
The future looks bright.
Rockie Stone is a physical performer and multi award winning contemporary theatre maker with a drive to create art with circus bodies. As much at home handstanding on fellow acrobats or balancing on a tower of chairs as she is hanging on ropes and trapezes, she has performed with Circa and Circus Oz, directed for Slipstream Circus and Westside Circus and is co-founder, Creative Producer and Performer/maker in 3 is a Crowd (Fright or Flight) and Company Here and Now.
Vincent van Berkel has made a name for himself as a contemporary circus artist with a unique take on the world. Hand balancer, acrobatic base and inventor of new skills and apparatus, he also busies himself with photographic documentation of his life as a circus performer and of the people around him. Having worked as a creative for Circus Oz's Model Citizens alongside director Rob Tannion, He is a member of Casus Circus, This Side Up, Can't Face and now the timely collaboration that is Company Here And Now.
Thank you to Circus Oz for their continued support.
"Company Here And Now" logo designed by Jake Silvestro.
Perhaps Hope trailer filmed at Adelaide Fringe Festival 2016 by Ruth Morris. Edited by Ruth Morris for The Multimedia Emporium.