photo by River Makings
There was really only one period in my life when I wasn’t sure about a career in circus. That was when, at six years old, I thought the only way I could stop my brother from pushing me over was if I became a police woman. Since then I have made these realizations;
- That he will always have one-foot-two-inches on me
- I was a really annoying kid
The insane world of a child growing up in youth circus has calmed down since I have moved from Australia to Montreal, Canada. In choosing l’École Nationale de Cirque I swapped my polyamorous relationships with the disciplines of circus for a specialization in handbalancing.
In migrating to Montreal I also chose adulthood, 15h30 sundown and the 24 hour clock system.
Now, at the end of my schooling, I am happy to have learnt these things;
- Sometimes Less is More
- Sometimes More is More
- Usually More is Less
- Whatever the case, we don’t get very far if we don’t like what we’re doing.
Through specializing I have also learnt a lot about myself. That I am more mammalian than avian. That I work better in a group than alone. That I have reached almost the end of how much time I can spend staring at the floor. My question now is how I can open up this technique, this movement style, to an audience. How can it become an exchange instead of an observation.