Media Release | Flying Fruit Fly Circus |  Tuesday 12th May 2015

FFFCOGA_26Come and train for two exciting weeks in Albury with Australia’s National Youth Circus this July. Classes will be led by some the best circus trainers in the country, including:

LOIC MARQUES – Loic is a French National sports acrobatic champion and trainer at the Ecole de Cirque de Quebec amongst others. Loic specializes in acrobatics and is able to coach a large 
range of apparatus to a high
technical level (trampoline, teeterboard Korean and Hungarian, Russian bar, Hand to Hand, Banquine, handstand)

RUBY ROWATA highly skilled and creative aerialist specializing in static and swinging trapeze. At the age of seven Ruby encountered the expressive power of Russian Circus. Her lifelong study of performing began in professional children’s circus before moving to circus-rich epi-centers in France and Montreal to hone her aerial craft. Ruby has worked with numerous companies and festivals worldwide, including Circus Oz, Cirque Eloize, Medrano, Soleil, Cric Cric, and Knie.

JAMES HOLT - Specializes in aerial cradle, petite and grand flying trapeze, Chinese pole, and pitching at a high level, and has presented work around Australia and the world. He started his circus career at the WA Circus School in Fremantle, Western Australia, and then moved to Melbourne to attend the National Institute of Circus Arts, where he graduated with BA of Circus Arts. Following this,
he furthered his training at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London.

SHANE WITT - Specialty areas: straps, acrobatics, tumble, and teeterboard. Shane joined the circus in 1990 when very young. He has been on many tours nationally and internationally, including New York, Canada, Singapore and New Zealand. Since graduating in 2000 he has been a freelance artist, establishing Tension Extreme Circus with fellow Fruit Fly graduate Daniel Catlow in 2004. Shane has also one of the principals of hip hop circus show ‘Tom Tom Crew’ that had sell out seasons at Sydney Opera House, the New Victory Theatre in New York and Edinburgh Fringe. Most recently he was the senior acrobatic trainer and ensemble member with Circus Oz wowing audiences with his hard core acrobatics.

TANYA LESTER – One of the FFFC senior trainers -specialising in Spanish web, swinging trapeze and cradle. As an original Fruit Fly performer, Tanya toured Australia, was invited to Paris
to compete in the “Cirque de Domain” world children’s circus competition, where she won gold in the aerial section, and performed and toured to Canada three times. As a performer and circus teacher, she participated in two Nanjing International Training Projects and the Russian International Training Project. Credits include World Expo 88, Rock n Roll Circus (now Circa), Circus Oz; and then “CirFunKus”.

STUART CHRISTIE specializes in rope and tissue. Stuart graduated from the National Institute of Circus Arts in 2004 with a Bachelor of Circus Arts. He is a multi skilled performer in circus acrobatics, aerial apparatus ‘corde lisse’ (smooth rope) and musical performance. From 2006-08 Stuart was a full time performer with Circus Oz. He also specialised in a high paced duo acrobatic routine and group acts such as flying trapeze, chinese pole, group balances and character performance.

FREE COULSTON - Free has spent over 15 years exploring and developing her unique and graceful style on a variety of aerial equipment including tissu, aerial ring and double trapeze. Due to her extensive aerial knowledge she is the driving force behind The Circus Spots aerial program. As a circus artist, Free has performed throughout Australia and internationally. Highlights include: performing for the Queen of Malaysia; as a special guest act in the acclaimed cabaret show La Clique; at the 2010 Logie Awards; with Kelly Rowland and in the Melba Speigeltent for Circus Oz’s corporate events. Free is also a practicing Physiotherapist, specializing in treating dancers, gymnasts and circus performers.

DONNA STEVENS - Is a veteran of 10 years with Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Quidam’ she specialises in swinging cloudswing and German wheel.

NATHAN JONES – Cloudswing. Nathan is a graduate of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus 2012. An acrobat who has been trained in various different circus techniques including Cloudswing, Tumbling, Pitching, Teeterboard and many others. After graduation he was offered a 12-month contract with the company Global Creatures, developing and performing in the musical theatre event King Kong Live on Stage. He is currently a student at E’cole Nationale De Cirque, Montreal and its great that he is able to joins us here for this years NTP.

ZEB HUNTER – Artist/acrobat/creator specializing in swinging cloudswing/trapeze and aerial ring. Cirque Du Soleil artist Zebastian Hunter started his career in circus with the Flying Fruit Fly Circus.  Upon completion of his studies he became the first Australian to attend and graduate from the prestigious Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Montreal in Canada. An extensive career performing for special events, European Cabarets, festivals, television, contemporary circus companies followed his studies and culminated in a five-year contract as a featured soloist for the Cirque Du Soleil show, Alegria.  As a trainer he has taught at the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Legs on the Wall, Aerialize, Lee Academy, Circus Monoxide, Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Montreal, and many European celebrities including Pippa Middleton.  In 2015 he returns to Cirque Du Soleil as a featured solo guest artist in the Korean season of Quidam.

BEN LEWIS – Specializes in aerial straps, hoop diving and Chinese pole but is well known for being an all rounder and is an accomplished acrobat with high skills in tumbling, handstands, hand to hand and teeterboard. He completed his three year Bachelor Degree program at the National Institute of 
Circus Arts. 2002 – 2004. Ben then became one of Australia’s most prolific circus artists forging a successful freelance career performing all over the world. Ben has also been a member of many renowned companies such as Circus Oz, Circa, Dislocate, La Clique, Tom Tom Crew and Club Swizzle.

TILL CAPELLI – specializes in general acrobatics and aerial straps. He has quite a passion for working with the beautiful students of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. Till Cappelli is a 2010 graduate of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. He joined the company
in 2003 at the age of 10 and since graduating Till has performed
in various productions from the Hip Hop Injected ‘Tom Tom Crew’ to performing the ‘Exhibition RoadShow’ in London.

Dates: 29th June – 10th July
Flying Fruit Fly Circus HQ, Albury NSW.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Media release provided by the Flying Fruit Fly Circus