By Flipside Circus and Counterpilot in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse
Performance history

Premiere Brisbane Powerhouse, 23 Oct – 4 Nov 2019

Performance specifics

Running time 55 minutes.
Large cast and small cast versions available for touring.




Fuse acrobatic virtuosity and live biometric data and you get Statum – a circus show like no other.

A brand-new physical performance by the award-winning Flipside Circus and Counterpilot in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse, Statum is a new kind of circus spectacle.

On average we produce around 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day. Our lives are edited, recorded and uploaded.

Inspired by a series of techno-circus experiments, Statum explores the interplay between human bodies and technology – audiences are invited to inhabit performer’s bodies, analyse their heart rate, and explore the relationship between acrobats and the digital in this astounding re-imagining of movement and circus.

Flipside Circus’ Creative Producer and CEO Robert Kronk said Statum is adventurous, exciting and “a bit risky”.

“We want to break down and re-imagine ideas of what circus arts and youth arts are,” he said. “The combination of circus and technology in this project gives us an opportunity to really stretch our artists and the form.”

Nathan Sibthorpe, director of Counterpilot and Statum’s co-director, was excited to use technology “to amplify, zoom in, splice open and reveal entirely new perspectives on the humans sharing our room. All the while somehow keeping the spirit of a good old carnival!”

Step inside and take a look around, this is going to get personal.

Creative team

Director/devisor: Nathan Sibthorpe (Counterpilot)
Director/devisor/dramaturge: Robert Kronk
Design assistant/associate artist: Kelsey Booth
Devisors/Performers: Flipside Circus Performance Troupe
Lighting design: Christine Felmingham
Audio and sound design: Mike Willmett
Production and visual design: Jeremy Gordon
Software design: Clinton Freeman
Set design: Josh McIntosh


“Engaging and unique… should be applauded for their creativity and innovation.” – Luisa Ryan

Creative futures

“A mesmerising integration of circus, data and video… Statum is a must see for fans of circus and acrobatics, and also for videographers and self-proclaimed geeks.” – Catherine Lawrence

“Definitely worth the standing ovation!” – Christie Campbell

“A wonderfully intriguing, joyful and energetic interactive techno circus performance.” – Joanne Tindale


Performance Dates

Sun 17 Jan
Sun 17 Jan