- Includes a wealth of newly commissioned and archival photography of intricate costumes and props
- Reveals the holdings of the Powerhouse Museum's lesser known Jandaschewsky Collection, an important national archive of the material culture of performance and costume
- Presents wide-ranging research into the history of vaudeville performance and the circus
The Jandaschewsky family played a special role in the development of the circus in Australia. A remarkable troupe of clowns who first arrived in Australia in the 1890s, they drew on a rich European tradition that reflected their Russian, Greek, French and Spanish origins. Their original and eccentric acts entertained Australian audiences on the vaudeville stage and in the circus ring, including Wirth's and Fitzgerald's, well into the 1950s. Circus! tells this family's compelling story. It's a tale of acrobats, clowns, musicians and dancers, of a father-and-son clowning team and two extraordinary women.