HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I danced my whole childhood, since the age of 3. At 18 I decided to get a science degree and play basketball instead. Struggling to push 5 foot, basketball wasn’t a natural choice, so when an older friend took me to see POW (Performing Older Women) Circus, my cells danced and I became like a two year old in a candy shop “gimme gimme gimme”! But one had to be 40 to join POW!? I quickly discovered there was a whole wide world of circus out there and I feasted on it, spending every penny I had on classes. Before too long I had been accepted into the very first intake of NICA, then cast in Rock N Roll Circus, now C!RCA.
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Make Live Art, Self-Produce, garden, and renovate buildings.
WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
It’s the medium for my art. It’s my practice. It’s my craft and the mode for my expression. It’s an incredibly diverse and inclusive artform. It’s hard to define. It’s what I deeply love.
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Being a Zoologist. Teaching English in South-East Asia. Working as a Community Development Worker. Being an architect… I have had many other starts in my life so far…
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING?
Hand to Hand, Chair Balancing, Corde Lisse, Cloudswing, and “Applied Tightwire”
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
On a stage
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
Apparently we don’t. But we need art. And we need to move; and be inspired; and be challenged; and see life upside-down at times; and be scared sometimes; and work closely with others; and do things that make people laugh, cry or gasp. So apparently we do need circus. Circus is my craft and my art. I definitely need circus.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Last year, as part of ACAPTA’s Australia Council Cultural Leadership Skills Development Project, I travelled to Belgium and The Netherlands to research the circus industry – Social Circus, Circus in schools, professional Circus Schools, Training spaces, small companies, new circus works, Venues and programmers, circus festivals, and opportunities for circus artists – in that part of the world. I was also privileged to attend the European CircoStrada meeting in Kortrijk, Belgium.
Rockie Stone is a physical performer and contemporary theatre maker with a drive to create art with bodies. She has a versatility enabling her to create work in a variety of forms and settings. Rockie has been performing professionally since 2001 across the globe with various ensembles including Circa and Circus Oz, and a maker of independent work since 2005.
Rockie is co-founder of contemporary circus theatre company 3 is a Crowd, Artistic Associate at Westside Circus, one half of acrobatic duo ConcentricCircus, a fifth of jazz/circus ensemble in.form, and a director of circus & physical theatre. She was recently appointed to the ACAPTA Board as a general member for 2015.