Cirqadia's symposium on Queer Circus aims to highlight and discuss the presence and contribution of LGBTQ+ practitioners to contemporary circus. The symposium will be hosted by Barry Welsh and Nick Hunt of Freefall Circus CIC, both gay men who have always regarded the circus community as a non-judgemental safe space for LGBTQ+ people, and will be relevant to anyone with an interest in notions of gender, sexuality, identity and queerness in the performing arts.Beginning with her keynote speech ‘Deconstructing and Interrupting the Spectacle’ Laura Murphy will discuss her experiences as queer performance maker, aerialist and doctoral researcher working in and outside of the circus genre. How does queerness or non-heteronormativity affect the way that we both experience the world and make work about the world that we live in? Laura’s discussion will focus on her current show Contra, which has grown out an extensive academic research project exploring the relationship between the female body, text and the critical potential of aerial work.Sadiq Ali/Hauk Pattinson will talk about the concept and research behind their performance investigating the complexities of non-heteronormative sexuality and religious and cultural identity. Personal journeys. How to develop work like this and the barriers that you may face conducting meaningful research that is used to inspire movement and performance.This will be followed by a Q&A and open discussion session where everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in sharingtheir own experiences and exploring these issues further. Laura Murphy is a genre-defying queer performance maker from Bristol who makes textdriven and dynamic physical work about things that she thinks need to be talked about. She is a PhD Candidate at the University of Sheffield and a CircusNext Laureate 2018-2019, a European programme coordinated by Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe and supported by the European Union.Sadiq Ali and Hauk Pattison are circus artists having graduated from the National Centre for Circus Arts (BA) degree in London. Both have now been working professionally for a number of years and The Chosen Haram is the first work they have created in collaboration together.