Aerial Arts Youth Company


HighJinx is an Auckland-based youth company (ages 12 - 18) specialising in aerial performance - static trapeze, aerial hoop, silks, hammock – and ground-based acrobatics, theatre and dance. The company specialises in devising and performing aerial works created for and by its members, their mission “to make work that in innovative, truthful and brave” with a focus on creative expression and developing the young member’s toolbox of creative and physical skills to be confident creators and performers. Performance highlights have included Tempo Dance Festival, Auckland Zoo and New Zealand's Got Talent. Directed by Carlene and Eve Gordon, its home was at TAPAC 2011-2014 and moved to The Dust Palace 2014.

Their full length shows have included “No Strings Attached” (2011); “Fingerprints” (2013); “Flight Lab” (2016): "Lakeside Rotorua" (2017): "If They Really Knew Us - FlightLab2.0". 

HighJinx is for young people who want to dedicate their time to development as a creator and performer of circus arts.

Auditions for 2018

If you're interested in joining the HighJinx family we hold auditions usually a couple of times a year. Email us and we'll let you know when they're coming up.

Sunday January 28th

12 - 2:30pm

@ The Dust Palace



If They Really Knew Us - FLight LAb 2.0

Flight Lab 2.0 was a massively successful collaborative full show between Highjinx and The Crescendo Trust of Aotearoa, that hit the stage in August 2017.

"If They Really Knew Us is a s, many of which contain emotionally heavy themes and content. We are taken through friendship, exclusion, misunderstanding, confusion and self-doubt, broken relationships, power and powerlessness, bullying, and feeling trapped, as well as empowerment, togetherness, and hope. It is a curation of chapters, each a personal insight from the performers, a vulnerable offering of their voices for us to share in. It isn't a call to action, a critique, or even a suggestion, it's an unapologetic and genuine expression of identity both in the individual and corporate."

Reviewed by Chloe Klein for TheatreView, 23 Aug 2017

“I Wanna Talk to You by Carlene Newall, Eve Gordon and HighJinx was a really cleverly put together stage piece of circus ribbon trapeze performed by five amazing young women. Combined with theatre and dance, this piece created an interesting choreography of flying and constructing scenes, including balancing a fishbowl.Sassy and cute with spectacular circus tricks”
(Christina Houghton, Review of The Kids Show at Tempo Dance Festival 2013, Q Theatre)

HighJinx activities have been kindly supported by: