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18 October, 2019

A wonderfully intriguing, joyful and energetic interactive techno circus performance

A wonderfully intriguing, uplifting and energetic interactive techno circus performance by award-winning Flipside Circus, Counterpilot and Brisbane Powerhouse.

Statum radiates joy and hope for the future but be prepared: the intrigue and interactivity between audience members and performers begins in the foyer of the cosy Visy Theatre before the performance.

Are you an obedient audience member?

Will you disclose your secrets to strangers?

Be warned!

Audience members are asked to complete a short online survey on their phones which is a series of seemingly odd and random questions.

However, the survey data is cleverly integrated into the highly energetic and thought-provoking circus acts which are enriched by the innovative use of technology and lighting.

Through the interactivity of acrobatics, technology and data, Statum explores the concept of living in the present and appreciating the value of ‘now’ in a world where 500 hours of video footage is uploaded to YouTube every minute.

Statum challenges the audience to contemplate the significance of the world of selfies and the sharing of personal data and ponder the significance of data about Brisbane.

Spectators become participants when they are drawn into the world of the young performers who share personal data such as heart rate, step count, selfies, and live video coverage of the performance.

This exciting new work is presented by Counterpilot which is a collective of interdisciplinary artists directed by Nathan Sibthorpe and Mike Willmett (sound designer), Clinton Freeman (software designer), Christine Felmingham (technical designer) and Toby Martin (writer and performer).

Statum has been supported by The Bridge, an initiative of Brisbane Powerhouse and Brisbane City Council.

Development of Statum was assisted by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Flipside Circus is Queensland’s largest youth arts organisation.