Vincent Van Berkel

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HOW DID YOU GET INTO CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE?
I followed a girl. Then I followed my nose! And now I follow my gut.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Photographer, blogger.

WHAT DOES CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE MEAN TO YOU?
It’s the first thing that I truly and wholeheartedly believe in. I found and lost many interests in life before I found circus, and this is the one thing in which I believe in both the art and the industry.

WHAT’S THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE CAREER SO FAR?
Touring Arnhem Land with Circus Oz, performing in the oldest theatre in Stockholm called Sodra Teatern with Casus, and entertaining 5000 people including the Crown Prince of Brunei, in Brunei.

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IF YOU WEREN’T DOING CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING RIGHT NOW?
Taking photos of, videoing and writing about of people doing circus and physical theatre.

WHAT SKILLS DO YOU LIKE PERFORMING AND WHY?
Teeterboard, because it’s a rarity these days. I love being high in the air. I also like dreaming up and performing usual acrobatics and hand-balancing on unusual props. I’m getting more into movement-dance (I use the term quite loosely) so that’s a current fascination of mine.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I’d like to be performing, creating work and being part of an amazing company, mine or someone else’s. I’ll do it until my body packs it in, then stay in the industry until I’m way past the salt-and-pepper grey I am at the moment.

 

WHY DO WE NEED CIRCUS/PHYSICAL THEATRE IN THE WORLD?
There are things that can’t be expressed, explored or explained with words. I’m realising, as I discover it myself, that people need to participate (or at least be a viewer of) artistic physicality as a part of everyday life. It’s not like we don’t know that; people have danced around fires or dance floors throughout time. But it must be propagated, nourished and validated. Many physical artforms are being blended, hybridised, cross-pollinated and are evolving through sharing of ideas and skills. This is a wonderful thing, and speaks of the strength of the artform of circus and physical theatre being at the centre of this movement. Circus is the true melting pot of myriad skills, the central pillar to which creative ingredients are added to enrich, not dilute. Circus is the base, and all other things are the toppings!

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You can follow Vince and his writing on circus at www.onemetricvincent.wordpress.com

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