Paul Woodhead [Dubbo, NSW]

PaulWoodhead 524x349HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS?
I got into circus after attending a Belfast Circus Summer Camp in 1990, as an acrobatics coach, then started Circus West at Dubbo West PS in 1991

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I am also a father of five children, a Deputy Principal at Dubbo College Delroy Campus, a member of the ACAPTA committee and a member of the Minore Bush Fire Brigade – reasonably busy

WHAT DOES CIRCUS MEAN TO YOU?
Circus provides the opportunity for youth to take the risks that are removed from their lives, it allows for emotional and physical risk taking. For me it provides the opportunity to work with vital young people in an environment is which we all grow.

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS CAREER SO FAR?
The highlights of my time in Circus are many fold, but include 2003 receiving a Churchill Fellowship to study youth circus programs overseas, 2005 – 2007 being a Circus Arts Consultant for the NSW Dept Education & Training, and this year celebrating 20 years of Circus West.

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
If not Circus, I would probably be spending more time with the Rural Fire Service, or planting trees.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
My performance is in front of a class, so I like performing while I teach because I can.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
In five years I would like to have involved Circus West in more touring gigs and to be supporting Western NSW Regional youth Circus programs as a regional based trainer.

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS IN THE WORLD?
Why do we need Circus? I refer readers to e.e. cummings

… damn everything that is grim, dull, motionless, unrisking, inward turning, damn everything that won’t get into the circle, that won’t enjoy, that won’t throw its heart into the tension, surprise, fear and delight of the circus, the round world, the full existance …

 

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