National Training Collaboration

National Training Collaboration

14 July, 2022

 

 A National Training Collaboration of Australian Circuses, sharing skills, knowledge & connections

 

On Monday 4 July, the National Training Collaboration between Queensland’s Flipside Circus and West Australia’s CircusWA kicked off with young artists from CircusWA’s performance troupe traveling across the country to spend a week training and sharing skills with artists from Flipside Circus. 

The two troupes spent a week training and working together building connections, skills and experience. They were joined by guest artists and trainers from Flipside, CircusWA, Gravity and Other Myths, and Circa

“All the trainers were super supportive and helped me try so many new things that I’ve been scared to do before,” Flipside Troupe member Rachel stated.

Some highlights from the week included the introduction of teeter board to Flipside Circus, Rachel conquering her first hand to hand in an acrobatics intensive and getting to know trainer Ben  Kotovski-Steele (CircusWA) and the CircusWA crew.

Flipside benefited from the visit of our WA friends, and we can’t wait to host more exchanges. Not only does it strengthen the circus community, it increases our artists skills and connections with the national circus community.

“Training exchanges like this are so important for youth artist development, especially troupes like ours in WA who develop in a fairly isolated space,” said Jo Smith, artistic director of CircusWA, “In this first, of which we hope to be many, East/West exchange, we are creating an opportunity for our young artists to see themselves anew. In unfamiliar territory and exposed to new ideas, these youth begin to question their physical and intellectual habits of familiarity and bravely explore beyond their ‘known’ forms. This is where art and transformation for new artists begins. We will return to the West with our bags filled with skills and inspiration and ready to create and prepare for the next exchange.”

Flipside Performance Troupe member Lucy shared her favourite advice from the visiting trainers, “To be as strong as a bear, you need to sleep and eat like a bear.”

Trainers Amy, Davy, Alex, Ben, Gerramy and Benton deserve a round of applause for leaving lasting and positive impressions on the young artists.

This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the WA Government through the department of local government sport and cultural industries

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