Gerard Van Dyck, Creative Director – KAGE [VIC]

KAGE Featured Artist 524x349HOW DID YOU GET INTO PHYSICAL THEATRE / CIRCUS?
I trained in dance from the age of ten – Ballet, tap, and jazz styles. At the same time I was quite interested in old black and white slapstick silent film artists, and this seemed to also inform my sense of humour. Then while studying dance at the Victorian College of the Arts I met Kate Denborough. Since graduating and establishing KAGE our joint interests in design, drama and movement have led us to training in a broad range of techniques and experimenting with melding these forms. Over the years we have employed performers with a broad range of skills including circus, and on several ocassions our work has been described as physical theatre.
 


WHAT DOES
PHYSICAL THEATRE / CIRCUS MEAN TO YOU?
Theatrical story telling using astonishing physicality.

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
It’s ongoing. Having created a performing arts company that provides me with the opportunity to make and perform original work. We are extremely excited to have made it this far and to be celebrating KAGE’s 15 year anniversary in 2012.

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING PHYSICAL THEATRE / CIRCUS, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
I’m not sure….It’s hard to imagine doing anything different. I’d certainly still be in the performing arts.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Personally I enjoy the feeling of pushing myself to my physical limits in performance. I also thoroughly enjoy performing humorous roles.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
Celebrating our 20 year anniversary and constantly making, performing and touring original, entertaining and intelligent performance work.

WHY DO WE NEED PHYSICAL THEATRE / CIRCUS IN THE WORLD?
I believe that at the core of great story-telling there are well developed characters. For me, the integral part of developing a character is focussing on their physicality. I enjoy developing habitual and idiosyncratic behaviour in the form of choreography – the crucial thing being how it assists the story, nothing more. Human movement – the way we traverse our surroundings is a language that can transcend the spoken language. I believe that physical theatre, dance, dance theatre and circus are artforms that can be visceral and convey emotional honesty. I think we need it because it moves me.

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