We’ve dusted off the mirror ball, popped the party pies in the oven, disabled the security cameras and warned the neighbours that things are going to get a little crazy. We’re throwing the biggest, bawdiest party since Alf Stewart’s post-Logies bash, and your name is on the door.

For one night only this July, the Judith Wright Centre will be transformed into the hottest nightclub in town for The Brink Party – a magnificent evening of unique physical spectacles and installations created by legendary Australian circus performer Rudi Mineur, star of the recent sell-out season of Briefs.

“It’s a celebratory tour of Brisbane’s physically twisted talent, plus there’s a party room dance floor thrown in for good measure,” Mineur said of the premiere event.

“The majority of previous events [at the Judith Wright Centre] have pretty much stuck to the one space. Frans Vogels (my right hand man) and I are taking this one where no previous Judy event has ventured before.”

Mineur remains tight-lipped about what he has planned, but said The Brink Party is “for anyone who enjoys their physicality shaken and stirred”.

Guest performers include 14-year-old German Wheel professional Adam Strom, juggling Queen Olivia Porter, expert aerial artist Talitha Ann Herrick and vaudeville performer Dan Eady.

The DJ will be spinning, the lights will be glaring, the drinks will be flowing and the party tricks will hit hard and fast. Judy’s letting loose and you’re invited to join in the fun.

    Date: Saturday 24 July 2010
    Time: 8pm
    Venue: Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts
    Tickets: $25 concession, $30 adult
    Bookings: 07 3872 9000 or judithwrightcentre.com


Rudi Mineur was born in 1967 in Launceston, Tasmania to Dutch parents. In 1970, his family moved to the big smoke, Melbourne and after finishing school he worked as a Leather worker; house demolisher and truck driver before discovering Circus Oz’s acrobatic workshops in 1990 – he was hooked! In 1992, he moved to Brisbane to join Rock n Roll Circus as a core company/performing member. Highlights there included travelling to China for a three-month training project with the Shanghai Circus School and touring the company’s critically acclaimed shows BodySlam and The Dark back home in Australia. After leaving RnR in 1996, Rudi worked for several years as an artist’s model as well as joining Melbourne-based Physical Theatre Company ‘Dislocate’, appearing as a guest artist in the show Risk Reduction in Ireland, Italy and Australia. In 1999, Rudi teamed up with acrobatic partner, Mark Sands to form the highly successful comedy hand-balancing act PopEyed. In 2002 this act won them the title of Street Performing World Cup Champions in Shizuoka, Japan, the first of many awards to follow. To this day PopEyed continue to thrill audiences all over the world. Rudi has taught acrobatics all over Australia, his passions include staircases and walking diagonally across roads, he lives in Brisbane with his darling wife Tess, has three beautiful kids and a puppy named Molly.

Adam has just turned 14. He is a circus performer, dancer, and actor with a wide range of skills, but a special love of German Wheel, Chinese Pole, break dancing and tumbling. He has trained with Flipside Circus since he was six, and been a member of their performance troupe for the last seven years. He has performed extensively in shows at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Woodford Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival and Brisbane Festival, as well as at various corporate and regional events. He was involved in the National Youth Training Project with Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Albury, in 2007 and 2008, and has had a memorable afternoon training with Cirque du Soleil. The vibrant Brisbane circus community has allowed Adam the privilege of training with some of Australia’s finest circus artists.

Olivia Porter is a Brisbane based circus performer known for her unique juggling style. Olivia’s forte is role playing and exploring diversity in character, narrative and emotive response. She has performed and trained extensively with professional circuses and performers across Queensland. Olivia has worked with companies such as CIRCA, Vulcana Women’s Circus and WildeApplause while also working at numerous corporate and festival events. Olivia has experimented with her skills across different arts and mediums to create a personalised performance base that is hard to forget. By encapsulating her range of dramatic possibility and developing story lines Olivia provides audiences with more than just a demonstration or spectacle, she invites the viewers to engage with her onstage persona and offers interactive experience in some cases.

Talitha is a Neonatal Nurse with a penchant for circus quirks and physical challenges. An accomplished fire performer, her world travels brought the opportunity to perform internationally as well as locally amongst the entertaining of various festivals. Recently she has embraced the heights of aerial circus training with Brisbane circus schools Vulcana and CIRCA. Talitha’s creative journey has been an exciting, challenging and passionate one which has shaped her into the powerful and captivating performer that she is today. With her expressive eyes and graceful body movements, Talitha is able to playfully combine her various skills to create performance memories that linger with the audience forever.

Experienced in film, television, theatre, cabaret, circus and vaudeville Dan is a graduate of USQ (Bach Theatre Arts – Acting). He continues to enjoy his craft with a diverse company of teachers, directors and collaborators. Dan has worked for many companies throughout Qld and Australia. He has received various awards and nominations as both a performer and a writer.