Briefs: Bending Gender in Australian Contemporary Circus

Kristy Seymour


An excerpt from Seymour’s doctoral thesis Bodies, Temporality and Spatiality in Australian Contemporary Circus, this paper explores the work of openly queer[i] Australian male burlesque circus company Briefs Factory. Seymour demonstrates how the independent company utilizes performativity to articulate political and social views and diverse representations of gendered bodies. Through a short case study centring on the provocative performances of founding member Mark Winmill, Seymour discusses ideas of gender performativity, body theory and the notion of "other." Drawing on concepts from Judith Butler, Peta Tait, and Deleuze and Guattari, this paper aims to provide a small insight into the diverse work that makes up the thriving Australian contemporary circus sector.

[i] The Briefs Factory collective uses the term queer to describe their work as openly embracing themes of homosexuality and sexual ambiguity.  

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