Our inaugural member is Luth Wolf. I first met Luth at the 08 Melbourne Juggling Convention. Since then i have learnt a lot about Luth and I think that she is a great advocate for the Australian circus sector.
Luth Wolf, RUCCIS Administration manager
How did you get into circus?
I started circus when I was 8. I went to a tiny community school in to non-competitive sports, which were pretty hard to find. One day we brought in a street performer to teach us a few circus skills, and I haven’t stopped since.
What else do you do?
Too much! As well as being a student, coach and administration manager for RUCCIS, I’m a full time uni student getting a degree in classical studies and event management, and I perform with The Hectic Bros., a knockabout acrobatics troupe.
I’ve also been working with street performers in Melbourne and Sydney to set up a national busker’s safety accreditation project, and am taking a large role in running the Melbourne Juggling Convention this year.
Why did you take on the role as Administration manager of Ruccis?
I sort of gravitated towards the role just by being helpful in the office, adding up the odd column of numbers or volunteering to help with promotion. When the job came up as a serious offer, it was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down, and it’s completely changed where my future is headed.
What does Ruccis mean to you?
Short answer: everything. Being involved in youth circus has been such a wonderful part of my life, and I want to help give that experience to others. The best way I can do that is to help RUCCIS grow so that the opportunity is there.
What skill do you love performing?
I love trapeze, acro and hoops, and I’ve finally bought a German wheel, so hopefully I’ll get good at that soon!
Where will you be in 5 years?
I’ve got no idea! But it will have circus in, and it will be fantastic.
Why do we need circus in the world?
Everybody can find something they can be good at and proud of in circus. Seeing someone achieve something they never thought they’d be capable of is a wonderful sight, and knowing it’s backed up by a community that won’t exclude anyone for being too ‘weird’, well, I think anyone who wants to should have the opportunity to join that.
Interview by Gail Kelly, June 2010