Being an ex-performer myself, my attraction to circus has predominantly been a chance to show off, albeit a very involved approach to showing off. The buzz of being on stage and getting a reaction from an audience is seriously addictive. And it just starts there, after years of perfecting the skills for your act, the focus soon shifts to perfecting your stage craft and tweaking all those little moments in your act in order to draw every bit of suspense, humour, tension, surprise and awe you can out of the quite short 7 minutes you have on stage.
One of my strongest motivations for teaching circus skills is to encourage others to persevere until the (seemingly) impossible is achieved. This kind of personal win may be as simple as spinning a hula hoop or learning a backward roll, but could be as detailed as learning a repertoire of juggling skills with two other people with whom you pass juggle 10 clubs. But even more so, the chance to craft these skills into a performance is hugely rewarding, even when I’m not the one on stage.
Over the last few years Free and I have done our best to create performance opportunities for the students at The Circus Spot who want to put in that extra effort, train harder and persevere at crafting their skills into an act. We’ve put on numerous cabarets, performance nights and open days, and taken our youth troupe to festivals and fetes. Putting together a performance is always challenging, but it always gives back. And when the audience is made up of the community associated with the performers, the rewards are two fold. I am truly grateful for the privilege.
Of course, a circus performance can’t happen without an audience. And it’s even better when our circus family is part of that audience. Thank you to all of you that have attended any of The Circus Spots performances to date.
The Circus Spot has over 25 students performing at the Fawkner Festa on November 8th. Check out our flyer below and read the program on the Moreland Council website. Our youth troupe will also be performing on November 15th at the Merlynston Diverse Voices Festival.
Daniel is the Chief Executive Clown (i.e. founder and director) of The Circus Spot, with a vision that every child in Australia should be able to show off at least one circus trick! He’s slowly getting there too, having taught over 5,000 kids and adults circus skills over the last 10 years. He is a typical circus geek, always dreaming up new ways to teach a cartwheel, or plotting the next performance for our performing troupes. Prior to starting The Circus Spot, Daniel has worked in and around circus as a performer, teacher and rigger (the guy that hangs all the trapezes). His signature circus trick was balancing on one leg on a slackrope (like a tightrope, but very loose), and then proceeding to use his spare foot to kick cups and cutlery high in the air to land in a bowl balanced on his head! This cool trick may have taken 4 years to perfect, but gave Daniel a chance to perform with a variety of companies such as Circus Quirkus, ThowDown, Circus Oz, the traditional family circus Circus Royale, Dislocate Physical Theatre and even supporting the rock band The Dresden Dolls.