This week we bring you another Featured (Board) Member. Joshua Hoare is a new ACAPTA Board Member and also the Artistic Director of the South Australian Circus Centre and Cirkidz.
WHICH STATE DO YOU LIVE IN?
I live on Kaurna Country (Adelaide, SA) and grew up on Gamilaroi country (North west NSW.)
HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I grew up in regional NSW and didn’t have much access to circus or theatre. Fran Curtis (Mother of Robbie Curtis, Circus Oz, Circa, Cirque du Soleil) however, ran a regional theatre project for young people in northern NSW at Armidale High School, and it was devised physical theatre based. I had also been inspired by seeing a hand to hand act on TV and knew my life would be taken care of from then on. Fran’s project opened up a whole world to me. Anyone working regionally and remotely, please know your work makes an absolute difference. Keep Going!
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
As Artistic Director at the South Australian Circus Centre and Cirkidz, I don’t get much time to do extracurricular activities, but I love travelling and learning about the many cultures that make up this country and globe. Every since I was little I’ve been obsessed by learning languages so I’ve always got some little project with that going on. My yoga practice brings me a lot and keeps evolving around meditation and asana practice. I love nutritional medicine so half the fridge is stocked with living foods.
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
It’s like a trampoline that’s pulled taut between so many things. The continuum of virtuosic skill and broad community access. The experience of literally doing the best for myself and setting my community up to succeed. The balance between prescriptive black and white thinking, and open ended generative creativity. It means literally depending on someone, becoming part of a greater whole. It’s a celebration, and reflection of what it is to be human.
As Circus and Physical theatre artists, we have access to truths unavailable to other art forms. When people witness what we do, the network of mirror neurons in the front of their brain go crazy with possibility and they are reminded what they themselves are capable of. It’s a huge responsibility.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Every day that I get to feel myself part of the Australian circus community is a highlight. Every time I work with the young artists across the country and am reminded of the future of our industry and family.
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
I would be working on language documentation efforts to document dying languages. This country has the highest rate of linguicide (language death) in the known world, and we all have to contribute to reversing it. Know the name of the country you live on, know the name of the first nation where you grew up. Reflect on the words you use…
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
I love group acrobatics and hand to hand. We have an immediate and embodied experience of what it is to trust someone, and be trusted. Of what it is to be a human.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
Happy and Healthy. I believe more in preparing rather than planning. In a world full of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, I reckon its wiser to respond rather than set too rigid a course. Read some more Nassim Taleb…
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
I think ultimately circus and physical theatre are technologies of celebration and reflection. They’re two things that seem harder and harder to access these days. True celebration and True reflection. We live in an attention economy where the currency is fear and loathing. Circus offers us a way out of this dead end. I learnt about ‘heliotropism’ recently, the way a plant will change its growth in the direction of light. I think this is a core truth for all life, we need and want to go towards light, and away from darkness. I’ve chosen Circus and theatre as the vehicle for my heliotropic journey, and I’d love to take as many people as possible along for the ride.