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James Brown

Having trained in dance, theatre, gymnastics and acrobatics, circus seemed like a natural progression and was a wise career choice for James. In 2001 he moved from QLD to Melbourne to study and train at NICA as one of the first round of students to complete the Bachelor of Circus Arts.

Whilst studying, James specialised in Hand Balancing, Duo / Group Acrobatics and Russian Bar, and previously has also trained in dance, theatre, gymnastics and acrobatics.

Since graduating in 2003, James has performed in Singapore, China, India, Dubai, Qatar, Italy, France and Scotland, and has appeared on several TV shows including Rove Live, The Price is Right and La Botla (Italy).

The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA)

In 2006 James made the decision to focus more on group and collective performance work which saw him establish ThisSideUp Acrobatics, an independent circus company, with fellow NICA graduates Casey Douglas and Christian Schooneveldt-Reid. Their uniquely stylized show The Controlled Falling Project has had great success in Europe, and has been described by Arts Hub Australia as “a chance to see the work that’s shaping the future, ... in modern circus”. Recently, TSU has also received the Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work for their involvement with the Spiegeltent in Smoke and Mirrors.

James was one of seven NICA graduates cast as part of the ‘Kings Men’ in the Global Creatures production of King Kong the Musical.

He is currently Head of Circus studies at the National Institut of Circus Arts.


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