HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS?
I started circusing at the age of nine primarily to try and absorb some of my excess crazy child energy. I did this at Cirkidz, in Adelaide. I was invited into the performing troupe later that year where I stayed until early this year. During my time at Cirkidz I was guided and trained by the amazing Dan Aubin. He is to blame for my circus addiction. While in the Troupe I met a wonderful group of people, we started off as friends and ended up as a circus and physical theatre company called Gravity and Other Myths. What began as an almost humorous mission – to create a show without any help – for the Adelaide Fringe. kinda worked and evolved into a show called ‘Freefall’ Its success continues to surprise me!
WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Well I’m currently completing year 11 at high school… only two more weeks and 3 exams to go. I’m also very lucky to have scored a role in a local feature length film called 52 Tuesdays which, just like the name implies, is being shot every Tuesday for a year. A completely unexpected event in my life but was and continues to be exciting, scary, inspiring, ridiculous and wonderful all at the same time! And of course I continue to work with Gravity and Other Myths although not as much as I would like to be at the moment.
WHAT DOES CIRCUS MEAN TO YOU?
It means smiles, laughter, pain, bruises, friendships, the only place where complete insanity is applauded. It’s almost like what I imagine a third arm to be like…its not actually a vital part of your existence but without it you wouldn’t be you. You would possibly be considered a bit more ‘normal’ or ‘ordinary’ but in a world with 7 billion people who would want to settle for being average.
WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS CAREER SO FAR?
Picking just one is tough! I think it is a combination of the first and last performance of ‘Freefall.’ Surviving the first show and realizing how incredible that single moment of complete unity and achievement within a group of people was. The last show was special for similar reasons, looking around the stage and feeling so lucky to be apart of such a wonderful group of people and remembering all the amazing opportunities and experiences we have been lucky enough to share.
IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Being an outrageous teenager! Or studying to become a lawyer to support my arty parents in their old age (the reason I was conceived)
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Hula- hoop is possibly my favorite skill to perform. I have been increasingly interested in the way text can be integrated into circus performance and the way in which different art mediums can be combined to create something new. What I think I’m trying to say is its not as much the skill I like performing but the way the skill is performed.
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
Oh golly I don’t know! Maybe a cosmic bus driver or unicorn breeder… In other words I have no idea how to answer this question! I’m unable to look beyond now, whether that is good or bad it is the truth.
WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS IN THE WORLD?
To inspire! For a while I questioned if circus was a suitable career choice, is it just a bit selfish to have that much fun? If life is so short and unexplained shouldn’t I be helping people or making a difference? The short answer is yes, but perhaps circus like all art is the most amazing tool to do this through! It is made purely to entertain someone, inspire someone, or make him or her question something; there is not many things in this world that are made purely for that reason.
** Tilly was the winner of our 2011 Melbourne Fringe ACAPTA Best Emerging Circus Performer award.