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To produce exquisite physical theatre, that is aesthetically rich, physically strong and poignant in story.


To train resilient performance artists, empowered to create bravely and push their own boundaries.



InsideOut is a performance and training company based in the Nelson and Tasman regions in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. 

From roving theatre performance to site specific or on-stage productions, InsideOut navigates the intersection of the quirky and the sublime. The multi-talented cast and design team support their strong physical skills with their strength and versatility in music and aesthetics.

As a training hub, InsideOut offers weekly trainings in both Circus Skills and Physical Theatre. 


With a regular student body of over fifty 5 to 50 year olds, the company aims not only to teach physical skills, but to encourage artistic vision, and fuel a life-long passion to move and to create.



Artistic Director Damara Sylvester has a life-long relationship to music, dance, circus, visual art and story.

She brings together these skills in the world of physical theatre, to boldly articulate the beauty and pain of life's many paradoxes.


Canadian in origin, Damara has lived, studied, taught and performed in several different countries, including Australia, Japan and Ghana, America and New Zealand.


Damara Sylvester


Jola Siezen

Jola is also known as one half of the 'Twisty Twinz' and has been turning herself upside down and inside out as long as she can remember.

Over the past 13 years Jola has travelled extensively, performing, training and teaching in N.Z, Australia and Europe.

She has been training and performing with InsideOut Circus and Physical Theatre since 2016. Jola loves to put a sparkle on anyone's face and is teaching the 5-7yr olds and Adults Aerial Silks classes.

Jola Siezen


Pipi is a circus and physical theatre performer, with 20 years experience. She has performed and trained extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally. 

In performance, Pipi specialises in aerials and stilts, combining them with physical theatre and aerial dance.


Pipi teaches a variety of skills including aerials, acro-balance, acrobatics, stilts, juggling, aerial choreography and performance physical theatre. She trains and performs with InsideOut and is part of the tutoring team in 2021.

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