HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I danced throughout my teens in Tasmania. After school I left physical theatre and focused on outdoor adventure for a decade, then discovering aerials with Inside Out Circus in Motueka, New Zealand, the circus journey begun! From there on the massive support from NZ circus community especially Wellington Circus Trust and Circus Aotearoa helped make it a reality.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
The rest of my time is spent outdoors, mostly sea kayaking. I work in tertiary Outdoor Education and in Adventure Therapy related group work / social work.
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
It means expression and empowerment; collaboration by some of the outsiders of society to let the others in.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Circus for me has been a constant journey of learning and being humbled. My highlights are learning big things from small people (children) both from audiences and students.
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Floating on the ocean.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
I like the personal experience of performing straps and the sense of collective and excitement of group acrobatics.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I would like to be involved with community development social circus programs, supporting groups of people to achieve their dreams. Also performing and developing theatrical aspects of performing.
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Because the whole world can fit into circus (if we let it!)
Nick Davies is the social and school program coordinator at Slipstream Circus in Tasmania.
Slipstream Circus is a non-profit Youth Circus. Circus Skills started in 1997 within Burnie Gymnastics club and SSC was incorporated in Ulverstone in 2000. Slipstream conducts classes in circus skills for all ages and skill levels. They aim to foster personal development as well as cooperation and community involvement. More about Slipstream can be found at www.slipstreamcircus.org.au