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inverted citizens

Contemporary Circus of Aotearoa

Inverted Citizens was founded in 2018 by circus artists Jackson Cordery, Laura Oakley, and Sophia O'Connor in Wellington, New Zealand. Our work strives to elevate circus as an artform in New Zealand, combining a theatrical approach with the sense of fun and accessibility inherent to traditional circus. Our vision is of a thriving circus sector in New Zealand that embraces our unique place in the world.

We have presented our work at festivals and venues around Aotearoa and overseas to rave reviews, and have won multiple awards for our performances. Our winning formula for high quality work is underpinned by three key ingredients; audience experience, our kiwi identity and the accessibility of our work.

We've performed in theatres, on the street and in school courtyards. We love the versatility of circus as an artform and we can't wait to bring our work to communities all over the country. See you there!

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March 2019

Our debut production REAL[ISE] crashes onto the scene at the New Zealand Fringe Festival in Wellington with an award winning season at Te Auaha.

June 2019

From Wellington to the USA, we perform REAL[ISE] in San Diego alongside teaching workshops in the famous Balboa Park and Mexico for the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

July 2019

Expanding our horizons, we perform in the South Island for the first time at the Lyttelton Arts Factory.

March 2020

We add a bold new show to our repertoire; SISTERHOOD plays to rave audiences in Wellington, bringing us another award from the New Zealand Fringe Festival.

November 2020

Venturing out from the theatre to the street, we present our new outdoor show KAZOO! for Kokomai Festival in Caterton.


Rebranding from Tangata Circus Company to Inverted Citizens, we hone in on our identity as a New Zealand circus company. SISTERHOOD is scheduled for the Perth and Adelaide Fringe Festivals before Covid-19 gets in the way once again


We embark on an exciting new production: The Sweetest Spectacular. Due to Covid-19 the show's debut is delayed three times. Tragically, our collaborator and friend, Cole Hampton, passes away, shelving The Sweetest Spectacular for now

March 2023

A new character, Marilyn Moonroe joins our repertoire, and hosts a new variety cabaret - watch this space!

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