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empowering children and young people THROUGH CIRCUS

Artistic Program

Our artistic programs are all about empowering children and young people to tell their own stories and shape their vision for the future.
We do this by creating critically acclaimed performances by, for, and with children and young people as well as residency and engagement programs.

“A little slice of home-grown circus magic” – Australian Stage
“An ambitious company that aims to make work that confronts big issues” – Artshub
“Go. Flipside Circus… a great reason to be very proud of Queensland.” – Creative Futures

FLIPSIDE PERFORMANCE TROUPE

A key part of our artistic program is our performance troupe.
A group of extraordinary young artists who train and collaborate with a range of regular and guest artists.

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A series of techno-circus experiments bringing audiences inside the action of circus. Commissioned by Brisbane Powerhouse, a collaboration with award-winning Brisbane transmedia collective Counterpilot.

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Dogs in the Schoolyard is in creative development this year supported by Arts Queensland and QPAC’s Out of the Box Festival. This work explores themes of inclusion and exclusion, power, authority, friendship and play.

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Based on the stories of parents, siblings, and guests of Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only hospice for children and young people. We Live Here is an inspiring circus show that brings to life memories and moments that make a life.

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Revolve brings together 12 of Queensland’s youngest circus stars with experienced artists and a live DJ to create a show that is bursting at the seams with energy and fun. Highly rehearsed elements are combined with moments of improvisation as the performers play with rhythms of movement and music.

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Besieged by mountains of rubbish, 12 extraordinary young performers recycle and reuse discarded items, reimagining circus and what our future could be.

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It’s all in the way we ask. Pretty, Pretty Please? takes us on a roller coaster ride through the questions, answers, challenges and discoveries of how children ask for what they want!

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Come and view life through Ethan’s eyes with Kaleidoscope – a joyous, poetic circus experience that explores the great beauty found in the smallest things. Kaleidoscope is the collaboration of a unique boy, an inspiring story and the lyrical world of circus arts that celebrates young people’s stories and the acceptance of difference.

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Klimek’s Dancing Numbers will Illuminate your aesthetic senses, taking you on a stunning journey into the world of juggling. Endless, unexpected and visually amazing patterns reveal the bond of art and science.

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Fresh-faced, fit and fearless. The fabulous Flipside Circus artists return with their all-new show, the spectacular school holiday treat, Stories from the Sky.

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The Dream, Risk, Laugh show is an incredible mix of madness, mayhem, and magic! Our circus stars bring magic to Ipswich, Curlew, Surfer’s Paradise and Woodford with this spectacular DIY show.

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Luster is inspired by the underworld of the carnival, a collision of physicalities: circus, physical theatre and dance. Luster is a microcosm of contemporary physical expression.

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CircUS is about US – the young people in circus. Using the physicality of both traditional and contemporary circus methods, Flipside challenges the boundaries of a typical circus show and plays with the concept of support.

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Flipside Circus presents a contemporary circus piece that explores identity, the innocence of youth and the questions we ask ourselves when growing up: Who am I? What do I want to be? Where will my identity take me?

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Flipside Circus’ Alice in Wonderland presents a circus twist of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. After dropping into Wonderland onto a pyramid of performers, Alice bumps into hoop-diving cards and high flying flowers.

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Roll up, roll up and meet the Graham family, who seem like a traditional travelling circus living under the big top. But delve a little deeper and this cacophony of characters will reveal what really goes on behind the curtain.

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A ship wreck, an island, magic, monsters and spirits! Taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, this Flipside Circus production will entrance, amaze and inspire audiences.

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This tenth anniversary show celebrates our young performers, trainers and professional artists. They grace the stage with a colourful assortment of balloons, party hats, acrobalance, tumbling and incredible aerial acts. This is a party to remember!

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This entertaining medley of circus skills and an opera score create a unique and colourful experience. 25 of our young performers navigate the stage using circus equipment both familiar and unfamiliar: hula hoops, trapeze, unicycle, and even fire!

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Talk 2 Me tackles the issue of communication with humour and youthful physicality.

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Featuring the talents of Flipside Circus’ extraordinary performance troupe, the 2018 Cabaret Show sees these young performers taking risks, mastering new circus skills and creating a night of fun.

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You’re Invited is Flipside Circus’ community show for 2018 – featuring up to 40 students and a colourful, helium-filled array of party games and enough cake to juggle.

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Childhood play inspires lifelong creativity, imagination, exploration, and discovery. Join the Flipside Circus kids as they reignite this magic in The Games We Play. It is a charming interpretation of the all-important work of children – playing games!

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Come along to a fun-filled, death-defying, circus-inspired night of variety cabaret performance created by young artists for the whole family.

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Flipside Circus’ performance troupe presents Fusion, a dynamic performance cocktail mixing traditional circus, contemporary circus, theatre, music, visual art, cabaret, food, comedy, and more!

 

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Flipside Circus presents Hourglass, a circus-filled interpretation of our past, present and future. A lost little boy is discovered by a time travelling circus, and with each flip of a magical hourglass, they embark on an electrifying journey of wondrous new dimensions.

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So you think you know your fairy tales? Think again! Fairy Bread promises a dreamlike mash-up of your favourite fairy tales… with an added twist.

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My Circus Rules is inspired by Dr Seuss’ book ‘If I Ran the Circus’ in which a young boy imagines his very own travelling circus filled with exotic creatures and spectacular circus stunts.

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Come along on an adventure to find Where the Wild Circus Is. Our classes have transformed the training centre into a jungle where the wild things can climb!

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Flipside Circus is proud to present Puzzled, an interactive circus show for all ages, as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival. Be immersed in every moment as circus performers soar high above whilst you navigate the maze.

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WHAT OUR COMMUNITY SAYS

TESTIMONIALS

Flipside Circus a great organisation teaching gymnastic skills in a fun and nurturing way. Taking in age groups from the very young to the fully grown, physical and mental confidence is encouraged and developed using circus performance skills and acts. This approach is particularly embraced by the youngest members (pre-high school). A great community atmosphere which embraces students, instructors, other staff, parents, family and friends. Highly recommended for children seeking something physically different and less competitive then other team sports.

Andrew Bevan

It’s a great place, friendly staff and lots of good people about. I attend Adult classes at night and am really enjoying the culture. I’m doing things that I’ve never done before, especially from childhood. From a fitness and core perspective some nights can be intense, but they really cater well to the abilities of the class. My flexibility is woeful but I’m making greater progress than I have in years. A fun way to exercise! They live up to the values listed on their website and I feel they’ve got a lot of integrity.
I recommend it for everybody to at least try once.

Gary Thompson

Great venue for learning how to be part of a circus!!! The trainers are very friendly and excellent at working with kids of all ages and skills. The kids start off learning basic floor skills, tumbling, cartwheels, jumping, somersaults etc. They then start to learn more advanced skills like trapeze, silk/rope acrobatics, juggling and others. Great overall experience!!

JD Hart