At the Melbourne Fringe Festival, ACAPTA sponsors an award acknowledging the talents of emerging artists. We are proud to announce the 2015 winner of our Best Emerging Circus Performer, Ann Truong for her work in ‘No Punchline’!
HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I took my brother out for his birthday one year to see Seven Fingers when they were in town. The opening scene was a performer running out onto stage and spiral climbing up the pole without his legs, accompanied by this deep percussion beat. It was very visceral and inspiring. When we were walking out of the show, my brother said “Wow, I’ve got to go see more of these shows” and I said “Wow, I’ve got to do that”.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I’m an actor and voice actor.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Working on ‘No Punchline’ and winning this award! The last circus specific show I did was Sara Pheasant’s ‘Leggings are Not Pants’. It’s been 3 years since Leggings and during that time I’ve grown a lot as an actor. I was really excited to have the opportunity to bring what I do as an actor into my circus work. Prior, I think I perceived acting and circus to be distinctly different and that circus was more about ‘performing tricks’. I’ve come to learn that it’s all one in the same – screen acting, stage acting, circus, writing, directing – that it’s about connection, honesty, vulnerability and openness. So, again, I was very excited to have the opportunity to bring my honesty and heart to this show.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
No specifics – to continue working and growing. If I could move forward as a performer in the next 5 years as much as I have in the last 5 years, I’ll be very happy. I’d also like to write/direct/produce. I have an epic physical theatre project of mine that will take a few years to complete. So in 5 years time, I hope to have seen it actualise.