Rebecca McMahon (Kinetica)

Rebecca McMahon 524x349HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
Randomly! In 2001, I quit a degree in Architecture to give myself the freedom to discover my true interests and life-long calling. I soon found myself working at a small community arts organisation, Southern Edge Arts in Albany. It was here that I started circus training, discovered my hidden talent for flexibility, and also developed an appreciation for and understanding of community arts practices. Later, I moved to Queensland to train aerials with Rodleigh Stevens also meeting and training with an eclectic group of inspirational circus artists who were also kindred spirits. Once I was proficient in my main acts of aerial hoop, silks, web and duo trapeze, I moved back to Perth to progress my performance by working with contemporary dance company, Skadada as an aerial performer and coach. In recent years, I have started my own contemporary circus company, Kinetica, with my friend and circus partner-in-crime, Sarah Ritchie.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
I’m also a Physiotherapist and I have found that circus and physiotherapy inform each other perfectly. It has had a profound effect on both my circus coaching and training. Now that I have 2 children and my body and lifestyle have changed, I am also finding that my main interest has moved from performing towards artistic direction as well as writing and directing contemporary circus shows.

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
Circus is my outlet for creative expression, it’s my social life, it’s my professional and academic interest. My daughter is even named ‘Lyra’ after one of my favourite acts :-)

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
There have been many, however, I was over the moon to hear the audience laugh uproariously in the debut of our first self-titled show ‘Kinetica’. It was written when I was in a pretty bleak place, stopped from training myself by a painful neurological condition, so I guess the show could be described as ‘dark humour’ but when you put something out there creatively it is a great joy and relief when other people ‘get it’.

IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
I love treating complex neurological patients, so I would probably be working as a Physiotherapist in that field.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
I love double acts – double trapeze, double lyra and double silks. I find choreographically that having 2 bodies is more interesting than one and I also love the camaraderie. As a soloist, I love performing on the Spinning Lyra, as the way that the apparatus moves in 3 planes allows very interesting and creative choreography.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
Creating new work, touring shows internationally and training for mind, body and spirit.

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Because it’s both art and a medium for social change.

 

Photo credit is Sarah Enticknap Photography

Copyright © 2013
Australian Circus & Physical Theatre Association