National Training Project


When: 28 June – 9 July, 2021
Where: Flying Fruit Fly Circus
605 Hovell Street, Albury
Cost: $1,200 for two weeks or $670 for one week

10% discount for members of affiliate circus organisations

Registrations now open!



Train with Australia’s finest in the Flying Fruit Fly Circus annual National Training Project. A two-week winter training intensive for anyone with a serious thirst for progression and development in multiple circus disciplines. The program is open to anyone with existing skills, a passion for circus and lots of energy!

The Flying Fruit Fly Circus is Australia’s National Youth Circus and has influenced the growth and popularity of contemporary circus arts for 40 years, proudly based in Albury-Wodonga on the border of NSW and VIC.

We have brought together some of Australia’s finest circus artists and trainers for this year’s National Training Project, with the program including cloudswing, lyra, advanced adagio, manipulation, handstands, Chinese pole, tramp wall, teeterboard and clowning. Flying Fruit Fly Circus Artistic Director Anni Davey will be offering creative classes throughout each week and the chance to perform your acts.

The NTP is designed specifically for anyone serious about a career in circus, or a chance for those already working in the industry to improve and refine their skills. It is an extraordinary opportunity to be trained and inspired by internationally renowned trainers in an award-winning training facility and in the company of like-minded circus practitioners. The emphasis is on advancing skills, but there will also be the chance to develop new skills.

Registrations are now open. Applications are invited from circus artists, trainers and enthusiasts aged 12 years and above.

Meet the Trainers

We are delighted to be welcoming these trainers to the Flying Fruit Fly Circus team for this year’s National Training Project.

Alex Mizzen – Handstands

Alex Mizzen is an independent artist who has worked within circus and dance around the globe. She is a maker of work, director of others, performer and facilitator of numerous self-designed creative programs. Alex creates honest work that pushes the form of circus.

As a co-creator/performer she has worked with leading Australian and international companies including The 7Fingers, CIRCA, Legs on the Wall, Company 2 and La Soiree. 2018 saw the creation of Alex’s first full-length solo work, Invisible Things, which has received a Green Room and Matilda Award Nomination for Best Circus. For the past two years, Alex has been show director with CIRCA’s Youth Ensemble whilst working as both director and dramaturg within the independent sector.

Alex’s current practice researches narrative inquiry through performance and explores innovative show models. As the current recipient of the Individual Fund from Arts Queensland, Alex will research multi-disciplinary ensemble-based creation practices in Spain, Australia and Belgium.

Byron Hutton – Juggle
Byron Hutton is a self-taught circus performer who specialises in the art of juggling. He offers a modern, quirky, original style of juggling that incorporates dance and movement to best present his skills.

In 2015 he won the Gasworks Circus Showdown with his 50-minute duo show called Jugg Life, which also received a nomination for the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Award for Best Kids Show and Best Circus Show.

Conor Wild – Chinese Pole
Conor is a circus artist from London, UK. He trained at the National Centre for Circus Arts, then went on to perform with companies including Cirque Éloize, Circa, Circus Oz and Les 7 Doigts de la Main. He specialises in Chinese Pole, Soft Acrobatics as well as group acrobatics and diabolo.

Conor has been teaching acrobatics since he was 16 but has recently shifted his focus from performance to pedagogy, with a particular focus on softness and training for longevity.

Dan Power – A-Ring/Lyra, Rope, Tissu
Daniel Power studied circus at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, specialising in aerial ring, vertical aerials and contortion.

Career highlights include performing with Cirque du Soleil (KA Las Vegas) 2004-2007; an excellence award for his duo aerial hoop act with partner Leigh Marning in Wuhan China 2012, 2nd place in Hong Kong’s Pole Paradise Aerial Performance Tournament 2013 and winner of Aerial All Stars Australia in 2014.

Freyja Wild – Hula Hoops, Active Flex
After an amazing education at the Fruities, Freyja is now an established contemporary circus artist, with a wealth of ensemble experience with CIRCA, Circus Oz and Les 7 Doigts de la Main as well as various independent and personal projects.

Freyja has been coaching circus throughout her career, taking a vested interest in coaching at age 21 – pursuing a qualification as a Health and Nutrition Coach.

Bringing evidence-based methods into her circus coaching and marrying them with a career as a ‘strong woman’ in an ever-changing landscape, Freyja has an open minded and passionate approach to coaching.

Kane Petersen – Clowning
Kane Petersen specialises in live performance. He has worked extensively for the last 20 years working predominantly in Circus Arts and theatre – performing, directing, touring work, and teaching physical performance and clown. His career has taken him across Australia, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand. His background training is in physical theatre, contemporary Clowning, and Funambulism (Tightwire walking). He is a graduate of Theatre and Media Studies at Charles Sturt University (Bathurst), the National Institute of Circus Arts (Melbourne), and Ecole Phillipe Gaulier (clown school – Paris, France).

Highlights include performing at the Round House in London (with Company 2 in 2014), MCing the Australian Circus Quirkus tour (2012-2019), and breaking the record for the highest wire walk in the southern hemisphere at 300m (2015). He has taught performance, clown, and funambulism across Australia and in Europe. His independent work has been nominated for green room awards and he has worked on numerous productions for a plethora of contemporary arts companies from Terrapin Puppet Theatre to Circus Oz.

Mathew James Brown – Straps, Hoop Diving
Mathew James Brown is an artist/performer/guitarist/musician from Melbourne Australia. Is career spans more than 15 years within the entertainment industry, performing for well-known and respected companies such as Cirque Éloize, Circa, Circus Oz, Cavalia and Franco Dragone Entertainment Group – where for 3 years ‘Mat’ performed an Aerial Straps/ House Troupe role in Macau, China for The House of Dancing Water which was among the largest aquatic shows in the world.

With a background in competitive gymnastics and a Bachelor of Circus Arts from NICA, Mat has spent the better part of a decade developing his group ensemble work including but not limited to basing, middling, flying, trampoline, hand to hand, pitching, toss, passing club juggle, hoop diving, skipping, teeterboard, Russian swing (fly), ground acrobatics, Chinese pole, electric and acoustic guitars, flying trapeze plus continually developing his own movement qualities and refining his chosen solo disciplines of ball juggle, hand balancing, Chinese pole and aerial straps.