These July school holidays catch Flipside’s young circus artists in their enchanting new show Pretty, Pretty Please? at Brisbane Powerhouse, as they reveal the secrets and tactics to asking for, and getting, what they really want!
How do kids get away with asking for ice cream for dinner – and actually getting it?
Pretty, Pretty Please? explores the many varied ways kids ask for things through circus storytelling skills. Come and see Flipside Circus children shine as they take to the stage and show off an array of circus skills including heartstopping acrobatics, mindblowing handstands, amazing aerials and heartfelt clowning.
This production is part of the ongoing evolution of Flipside Circus to be the best placed youth circus company delivering a model of contemporary circus in which young people experience agency and ownership.
“It’s all about assisting every young Flipside artist to realise their dreams and goals,” says Pretty Pretty Please! artistic director Alyssa Venning. “We’re using circus as a means of developing confidence and determination.”
Beginning the process with a week-long development earlier this year, Alyssa and the young performers have been training three times a week at the Flipside training centre in Alderley in preparation for the season. Training sessions have taken place in consultation with Dr Ira Seidenstein – a celebrated master clown and Flipside Circuses Performance Troupe Trainer for 2016 as well as lead trainer Aliya Abisheva.
Pretty, Pretty Please? starting point came from observations of, and conversations with, young people as they negotiated the Flipside Circus training experience. So the question was asked; in an adult-controlled world, how do they negotiate their own time and space to try things out? How do they empower themselves to get what they want? How do they ask for things and how do they respond to people asking something of them? How do they get better?
In performance, the production will provide an opportunity for young audiences to engage with issues such as hard work, resilience, endeavour and the fruits of collaboration in an authentic and accessible way.
Be sure to strap yourself in and book your tickets now for a rollercoaster ride through the questions, answers, challenges and discoveries of how children ask for what they want- without any adults getting in their way!
Dates a Time: Wed 6 July – Sat 9 July 2016
Wed and Thu at 6 PM / Fri and Sat 11 AM and 2PM
Duration 60 mins, no interval
Tickets: [A] $35 [C] $30 [Family of 4] $30 pp [Groups 6+ $29 pp]
Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse
119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD 4005
Bookings: www.brisbanepowerhouse.org or 3358 8600