HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
Both Marina Gellmann and Taylor Dawson (performers from the latest show, 3 Steps Ahead) originated from Adelaide and began taking circus classes as young children where they found a deep love and passion for circus. This led to performing as part of the renowned Cirkidz Troupe and they are now graduates of Cirkidz.
WHEN WAS THE COMPANY FORMED?
The Company was formed in late 2013 and currently has 2 shows in repertoire: our first creation ‘Temper’, and ‘3 Steps Ahead’ which debuted in Melbourne Fringe 2014.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
As well as performing with Point & Flex Circus and training at Cirkidz as graduates, Marina and Taylor are also circus teachers at Cirkidz. Taylor is also very well known for her beautiful dancing, which is often used in Point & Flex works.
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
Being respectful and responsible with the material you create is vey important but creating a new experience is equally important. Circus and Physical Theatre enables artists to create something new, and something different. Though this we entertain, and also offer audiences a new perspective. Our most recent show was all about audience interaction and trying to make the audience feel that they have power and control over the direction that the show is taking. Point & Flex Circus is an emerging ensemble. We are still finding our feet in where we sit in the grand scheme of things and we take pride in saying that circus is a place where we can be ourselves and most importantly everyone is so close they are like a second family.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Recently Point & Flex debuted their new show, 3 Steps Ahead in the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival and won ‘Best Emerging Circus Performer’. The overall experience of traveling to Melbourne and taking part of the Melbourne fringe was an amazing experience and one we will never forget.
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Marina says, “Through circus we use performance to convey an emotion, theme or story. To make the audience feel something specific, to carry them through a journey, no matter what it is. The stage shouldn’t solely be about showing off a trick or skill, A good performance has a deeper meaning or purpose. It has to pull an audience in and it has to make them feel. Otherwise, why is it there? If I was not a circus performer, I would have to do something to the same effect, perhaps a musician, a singer or maybe an actor. I could not live happily without the chance to put a smile on someone’s face, day after day.”
Taylor replied with her opinion on the matter following the same nature, wanting to become a fulltime dancer. Born for the stage.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Point & Flex Circus is known for its cheeky and playful sideshow acts. Keeping the audience on edge but presenting most feats in an enjoyable way creates a counterbalance of affects. On once side, concern for wellbeing and on the other, riffles of joy at the pure silliness of the performance. Just take a dangerous thing and make if funny. This is why it is such an enjoyable act to perform, the reactions you get are priceless. Taylor has a personal favourite apparatus she likes to perform: “I love performing trapeze because not many people get to do it, and there are so many ways to perform trapeze. It may hurt but the benefits defiantly outweigh the negatives.”
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
Within the next few years we want to continue to expand audiences from a local to a national platform via popular festivals such as the Tasmanian Circus Fest, the Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Western Australia Circus Festival. Building on our highly successful Adelaide Fringe season 2014, we see great potential in touring to Australian Fringe Festivals over 2015 and 2016. Within 5 years we want to have achieved touring internationally around the world. This will build our international profile with audiences and other professionals. This will then lead to an expansion in our ensemble to recruit more artists and admin members. We aim towards building sustainable incomes where all ensemble members don’t have to supplement their income.
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
It brings us joy to be able to impact others through circus and physical theatre but also, it’s just simply awesome! A world without circus… equals dull and boring. To watch the impossible become possible, to watch what some people think is crazy be done with such ease. Circus makes the world a more enjoyable place.