The Ninja Circus is a remote Indigenous youth performance troupe and circus school, based in Mutitjulu, home of the traditional owners of Uluru, Ayers Rock. The community sits in the shadow of Uluru, 20 km from Yulara, where national and international visitors come to discover this icon of Australia.
Ninja Circus Director, Ludo (aka Mr Om, internationally acclaimed circus performer with over 20 years’ experience), has been developing and delivering circus workshops and performances with indigenous youth across Central Australia since 2008. Through his passion and experience, the Ninja Circus was born to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of these young people.
The performance troupe is composed of roughly 60 kids from 10 to 20 years of age, both boys and girls, from the communities of Mutitjulu, Docker River, and Imanpa.
It is a project that fosters collaborative work between Nyangatjatjara College and the members Mutitjulu community.
The success of this adventure has grown from humble beginnings to outstanding performances, which have created amazing and positive success stories unfolding in the lives of Indigenous youth, their families, and their communities.
The success of our program is phenomenal; the self-esteem, self-worth and self-efficacy have improved and evolved over the course of the past two years. The Indigenous youth have developed a greater knowledge of themselves and the world around them through touring and engagement with crowds of non-Indigenous people. The exposure of these children to the art of Circus has developed their personal and group work ethic, and has improved their emotional and social wellbeing. Everyone who has been involved or witness to the process has given their acknowledgment of the positive impact for these individuals and their remote communities.