Amy Macpherson (KAGE Physical Theatre)

Amy Macpherson [Kage] 524x349HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I was teaching dance at the National Institute of Circus Arts a few years ago and began taking night classes in tumbling and acrobatics. From there I started private contortion lessons and got completely hooked.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I’m a freelance contemporary dancer and teacher.

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
A meeting of individuals with different skills and backgrounds, possibly from different mediums to create a unified work of theatre.

 

 

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Performing Legs on the Wall’s show ‘Symphony’ in Sydney Festival 2013 and developing KAGE’s new work FORKLIFT in Helsinki, Finland.

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Concentrating on working for dance companies, dance teaching, maybe yoga teaching or personal training as well. Anything physical!

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
I like to perform dance with smoothly integrated contortion skills such as elbow stands and chin stands. I enjoy working on seamless choreography that allows these skills to emerge from the movement and disappear back into it. I like the extremity of contortion and how it can enhance my performance.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I’d like to be doing what I’m doing now, performing and travelling!

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
To show what is physically, humanly possible.

 

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