Susan Hetherington came to watch a pre-show rehearsal of Wasteland, our performance troupe’s recent production at Brisbane Powerhouse, and had this to say about it:
“They are aged between 9 and 16 and they are amazing. For a start, the things that they can do with their bodies are quite extraordinary, even allowing for the fact that they are young and flexible. These 12 young people are members of the Flipside Circus performance troupe. Between November 24 and December 2, the troupe will stage four performances of Wasteland at the Brisbane Powerhouse.
Today they invited me in to check out their rehearsal and explained the philosophy behind their show. Exhibiting wisdom far beyond their years, the performers talked about using the physicality of circus and waste and reclaimed products rather traditional circus equipment to talk about the damage we are doing to the environment. We need to clean up our act – literally – or we will all have to leap over mountains of junk.
Expect tumbling, aerials and juggling in a show about resilience, survival and the collective need to do better. And expect to see plastic shopping bags in ways far beyond what the makers intended. I’ll miss this show because I’ll be out of town. The rest of you shouldn’t let the opportunity go to waste!”
Image credit: Susan Hetherington.