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Flipside Circus Celebrates 20 Years!

Emerging from humble beginnings in the Brisbane suburb of West End, Flipside Circus grew rapidly from a small community organisation, incorporated as a not-for-profit organisation in 1998, to a well-established youth company with the largest circus space in Queensland. Founded by then Brisbane-based circus artist Joy Hoy, Flipside Circus swiftly became an intrinsic part of the local circus and community arts sectors, offering workshops for children and young people and performing at local festivals and community events. This year Flipside Circus will celebrate its twentieth year, and the impact that it has made across the local and national arts sectors.
Flipside Circus 1998 outdoor circus workshop at West End, Brisbane Since its emergence on the Brisbane arts scene, the company has operated in multiple venues from community halls and major arts venues such as The Brisbane Powerhouse, Old Museum and the Judith Wright Centre. The company has also attracted the very best of Australian circus into its fold as trainers with artists such as: Rudi Mineur, Kelly Vella, Ira Seidenstein, Mark Winmill, Davy Sampford, Chelsea McGuffin, Mali De Gooey, Flip Kammerer, Fez Fa’anana, David Carberry, Tom Flannagan, Jesse Scott, Lachlan Mcaulay, Natano Fa’anana, Allie Wilde and numerous others taking on l...
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Kristy Seymour

Dr Kristy Seymour is a circus artist and emerging scholar with over 19 years’ experience in the Australian circus sector as a performer, trainer, artistic director and administrator and more recently, as a researcher. She has worked extensively in the youth circus sector leading a team of inspiring artists as the Head Trainer and Artistic Director of Flipside Circus in Brisbane 2004-2010. Working as a creative producer and choreographer, she has collaborated with leading arts organizations, venues and festivals such as with Strut n Fret Production House, Brisbane Powerhouse, Creative Generations, Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane Festival and Adelaide Fringe Festival and Festival 2018 (Commonwealth Games 2018).
In 2012 Kristy completed her Honours thesis “How Circus training can enhance the well-being of children with autism and their families”. She then went on to open her circus school, Circus Stars, solely dedicated to children with autism in 2013, the topic of her recent TEDx talk (June 2017). Kristy completed her doctoral research in 2018 titled “Bodies, Temporality and Spatiality in Australian Contemporary Circus” and is currently an Adjunct Researcher at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.