I don’t think anything could have prepared me. It’s been an amazing adventure but also a big challenge; physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s always surprising where the challenges come from, it’s not always from the things you would expect. Different venues, adjusting to the space, an ever-changing show and working so closely with a small group of people, it keeps you on your toes.
It was often hard to commit to learning circus whilst studying full-time but as I was studying arts, it fed into to my practice, I felt like I could justify it. It’s so refreshing now to be able to focus on one thing, just pay my bills and do circus. It’s intense but fun. Now I feel like I don’t have a hobby anymore!
I’ve been playing the ukulele a bit. Working with Ania and Jeremy, the Circus Oz musicians, has inspired me to get back into singing. I’ve also been trying random things on tour, even golfing. My family are big golfers, I hated it as a kid but I thought I’d try it again. I’m thinking of learning a language too, maybe Spanish.
I’m learning lots at Circus Oz about performance, playing to an audience, staging and working with other people. I don’t feel like I’ve had enough time yet to explore integrating my art and music. At VCA I was doing a lot of performance installation work, I’m researching ways of incorporating sound, movement, visual art and circus. There are lots of ideas in my head for the future.
Group acrobatics, ‘toss the girl’ and adagio. I’ve been basing a lot, I think I enjoy it more than flying. I’ve also been doing a bit of contortion.
Have fun, it’s fun. Enjoy yourself.
I like to give myself 15 minutes in the dressing room. I play my favourite song at the time and run through everything in my head, every step. I’ve had a couple of blank moments on stage and you don’t want that so I find running through everything first calms my nerves. And do some push ups.
There’s lot of old theatre superstitions I didn’t know about that I’ve had to learn on the road. I don’t like any talk of breaking a leg or breaking anything else. In any lucky situations I have to touch wood so I guess I’m a little superstitious, there’s no harm in touching wood if it makes you feel better.
I don’t know exactly because we are adding two new acrobats so I haven’t even seen the full show! The show is moodier than previous years but still full of comedy, particular Australian humour. There’s an element of looking at Australian culture, not providing any solutions, just opening the door to look in on the way we are. We are so multi-cultured and that’s reflected in the show, what is a model citizen in today’s society? Every performer has their own idea about what a model citizen, no one version is better or worse, just different perspectives.
There’s a moment when everyone is onstage and taking the piss, it’s a nice moment where we aren’t doing any tricks, we are just having fun and the audience is coming along with us… it involves sheep.
A Smorgasbord of Circus is on 23-25 of June at the Darebin Arts Centre.
Tickets available: www.thecircusspot.com.au/smorgasbord
Circus Oz Model Citizens is on 20 June – 16 July at Birrarung Marr.
Tickets and info can found here www.circusoz.com/modelcitizens
Kyle studied at NICA with Daniel, they were actually stretching buddies all through first year! He specialised in unicycle and flying trapeze whilst dabbling in juggling, clown and group acrobatics. Kyle has spent the last three years as a full time performer with Circus Oz. He also plays the trumpet, scuba dives and makes a great coffee!