2016 Blog 11 What is the Purpose of Art? (Please be aware that some difficult potentially triggering subjects are raised)

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2016 Blog 11 What is the Purpose of Art?

I was so enthralled by the Circobats Mortal Sins show that I went to both sessions. The first session raised all of these questions in me and I was hoping to get some answers from the second session. I’m still considering the answers a day later.

So far my circus experience has been, look at the beautiful outfits, see the physical mastery, listen to the wonderful music and be entertained. The Mortal Sins show took that experience to a much deeper level and I finally realised that dance and music are mediums that are as powerful as words to convey emotion. Actually to convey emotion and to evoke emotion because I and several audience members were actively moved by two of the acts in this performance.

Two acts in the first part of the show were so affecting and they lost none of their power when I saw them for the second time. It made me wonder; Is this how art started? Did a cavemen or woman experience overwhelming joy or despair and want to be able to communicate it with the others in his group. Does art allow you to get these feelings out of your system before you are consumed by them. Does it enable you to communicate with others how you are feeling through dance, music, painting, writing or sculpture? Somebody once said to me that I was too sensitive and I thought at the time that he was too insensitive. I know that despite the pitfalls of being overly sensitive I would not want to become a person whose feelings were calloused over and were not able to appreciate what I saw Friday and Saturday.

The first piece concerned grief and it made me ask so many questions. Is this piece a mechanism for making sense of what happened? Is it a way to honour those who have gone or is it a way to simply get overwhelming emotions out of your body in a constructive way rather than the destructive use of self harm or drugs. Is it a way to communicate with others that your world has changed and this is what it looks like now. It was an amazing piece of work and I will never forget it.

Zoe then showed us her year 12 submission and that was another powerful performance. I put an interpretation on it from my own experiences and then I asked Zoe later what the piece was about. My interpretation was different to Zoe’s intention and so arose more questions. Is art a direct communication between the artist and the public or does art stand alone? Does art have a life of it’s own and the ability to teach you what you need to be taught. Regardless of the answers the piece was so strong and moving. What a night hey?

Ok that’s enough of the deep stuff let me tell you about the rest of the show. The Mortal Sins show had two segments. I would like to say it was a two act piece but then there were acts within those two acts and it’s just going to get too confusing.

So the first part of the show had those two amazing pieces that I have spoken about already. We also saw some wonderful displays of acrobatics and juggling. A Circobat called Tara did the MC job for both nights and it occurred to me that her role was pivotal throughout the sessions.

To start with Tara was who we saw first, so she was our introduction to the show. It was like she opened the door to the show and said; “Come in, sit down and here we go”. Her manner and the way she was dressed was reassuring, like here you are, you are about to be experience something and I’ll be guiding you through the process. So an act would come on and you would be absorbed by that act and forget about reality and then the act was over and Tara was back and you would blink and then oh yes this is where I am and then on to the next performance. Now if you really got into an act, it was incredibly nice to have someone bring you back to reality and get you ready for the next performance. I don’t know if that was her intention but that was the effect she had on me. She kept things rolling and gave you the feeling that everything was running as it should. That girl is going to go places if she has a mind to.

They put little jokes throughout the performance. So for Tazi’s wonderful hat act you didn’t just have someone walk on stage and plonk the hat down you had a whole funny little tiny routine to go with it. I really enjoyed those little acts sprinkled throughout the evening.

The acrobatic act was ridiculously good. My goodness you did not know where to look. There were performers everywhere then they grouped themselves together and made human sculptures then they moved apart and made one big balancing thingy then they split up again and made little balancing thingies and I thought nobody is talking to each other but everyone in the act knows what pose is next, where your feet go, where your hands go and Voila! It was magical and joyous.

Tazi did her hat manipulation routine from Spaced Out and that is such a lovely happy quirky piece. She should be really proud of that act. Ryan did a juggling act on his own which was amazing. The way he got the rings to change colour was so cool. I’ve been following his work for a few years now and I’ve just seen him improve and improve. The blonde girl doing the juggling did a great job and was quite dazzling.

So now onto the second act which was The Mortal Sins show itself and yowza what a show. This was a clever show in so many ways. Take one couple, Alex and Sam, with maybe a few cracks in the relationship. Introduce a hoola hooping femme fatale played by Persia and all hell breaks loose. It’s a competition to win the heart of the man and it’s take no prisoners. Oh and you roll through a list of mortal sins as you go.

You could almost forgive Sam for being tempted with the hoola hooping scene, it was mesmerising. However Alex fought back with a trapeze routine that was not to be ignored. Her facial expression and her body language left you in no doubt what she thought of the hoola hooping intrusion. I kept thinking but that’s my Alex, funny, patient, lovely Alex. The look her character was giving Persia would have sent me scurrying away. I had to keep telling myself it’s acting Trish just acting. Words are my art form so I am fascinated that all three players exactly conveyed their emotions and intentions without a word being spoken. As an aside the way Alex made her trapeze appear and disappear at the end was genius. It was like she whistled for her horse and it appeared and then it left again when she was done with it. This is an example of all of these tiny little things that just made the show brilliant. Then Alex commenced to walk all over Persia in an acrobatic showdown that was amazing. Sam then comes in and shows how he’s been manipulating hearts all along and then proceeds to hypnotise the audience with his illuminated poi routine. Alex and Persia return with some music that will knock your socks off, honestly the music was another character of the show. Alex and Persia then biff it out on separate silks. Sam watches Persia at the start but he’s watching Alex at the end.

I cannot believe how talented these people are. They could be actors if they wanted to and I’ve barely mentioned the physical mastery they showed in the performance. My goodness I enjoyed this. If they do a DVD I would love a copy and Circobats need to think about having a You Tube channel. seriously guys think about this.

I am incredibly grateful for meeting the Circobats people. They are talented in their performances and they are kind by the way they are willing to share their skills in the classes they offer. I am dazzled by their performances. Well done Circobats you are awesome.

2016 Blog 10 Training is a Privilege

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Have you ever thought about the idea that training is a privilege? Any day, any moment or any second, things could happen and your training could be taken away. You could get injured, your trainer could get injured, you could have to go to hospital, your training venue could get shut down, maybe you have to move or your job changes. People with children, in my experience mostly women, have trouble getting to training because of the difficulty with finding someone to mind the kids.

Some people’s jobs get in the way, some people don’t have jobs and can’t afford the training. Some people have a physical or mental impairment that make training a very different proposition as compared to a person without those impairments. Some people don’t have transport or don’t have a class that interests them available to them.

My point is, that when I have training I move Heaven and Earth to get there. Sometimes I’m tired or grumpy or achy but I always think you don’t know how long this will last you need to make the most of every session. I just wanted to share that.

Another thought that occurred to me today was that why does an interesting training session finish in a nanosecond when I have been in other dull sessions that drag on forever!!!! Doesn’t seem fair somehow.

Doctor Who may as well have come and visited and stuffed around with the time lines today because I would have sworn on bibles that our lesson lasted for five minutes but I looked at the clock at the finish and poor Alex had gone fifteen minutes over .

It was such a great lesson today. I felt so strong. I stuffed up a move. I was trying to do a backward roll and I missed the bar, Alex said go back the other way and I didn’t even panic I knew I had enough strength to hold my own weight and just go back the other way and that my friends is one of the sweetest feelings in the world. To be able to hold your own weight and feel comfortable in it is cool, very very cool.

Chantelle did a move that we’re calling the Python. I really wished I had got it on video but I was so horrified by what she was doing that I couldn’t even move to help her. It was like she did it in slow motion. She did a drop and then kept going but slowly. So her legs were around the rope and then she released her arm and then her legs and kind of curled up on top of the mat below. It was amazing to watch. The freaky thing was that as she did it I was asking Alex what’s the escape clause in this move if you don’t catch your legs and she was saying as Chantelle was doing her Python no you’ll be fine because you’re hanging on with one arm.  It is very fortunate that Chantelle is as bendy as she is.

After witnessing the Python I went right off that particular move and then found any drops hard after that too. Chantelle got right back up and did it again so that was enough for me to suck it up and go otherwise I would have been regretting it on the drive home.

We did our routine on the triple trapeze and that was a lot of fun. Every now and again depending on the move Chantelle and I would meet on the trapeze and the first couple of times it scared the hell out of me. Normally when I do the routine I’m thinking about it so hard I forget everything else. So there I was concentrating hard on some move and then Chantelle’s face looms towards me as she does the same move on the other side of the trapeze. I nearly fell off my perch the first couple of times. It’s fun though doing the routine on the triple as opposed to two singles side by side.

In other news Circobats are having a fundraiser for their next fringe show. They will be doing their Mortal Sins Act and there will be a couple of other supporting acts. The tickets are ten dollars and that’s very cheap entertainment to see some extremely talented people. There are two sessions for this performance this Friday Night at 7.30 and Saturday at 5.30. You can get the details from their website or Facebook page and they also have raffle tickets with some speccy prizes.

Thank you for reading and I’ll catch you in the next blog.

2016 Blog 7 Let go of the person you think you are to become the person you want to be.

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That is possibly one of my longest blog titles ever but it really suits the subject matter.

Before I get into that though my adventures with a flying trapeze have continued this week with getting a ride in a cherry picker and my goodness was that fun. I got to twenty feet and that was as high as the trees we were trimming I was higher than Venus (that’s what we call our flying trapeze) and I could see the tops of my trees. I have always wondered what it would be like to be up there and now I know. How lovely were those tree trimmers that they let me have a go. It’s amazing what you get if you ask for it. May I have a go in your cherry picker, yes they say, you may.

I try to make an effort to go to Friday night open training at Circobats because things keep happening on the Friday night that I don’t see when I just go to the Saturday class. On Friday nights I quite often see people practising routines and a couple of times now I’ve had these really good conversations with people that have made me think about what they’ve said on the drive home.

So this Friday’s conversation was with Vashti and she just said quite casually you and Chantelle should do a routine in an upcoming show. Now Chantelle and I have already said yes please to doing a show case at Christmas but this was another type of thing all together. My first reaction was no way could I do that but then when Vashti had left I kept thinking about it. To perform is a natural extension to circus training. When you know that you will be performing it makes you work harder and really nail down your moves and think about what you’re doing. My long term goal was to perform occasionally so Vashti got me thinking. When I train I have fun and I get fit but I don’t think about how it would look if I had an audience so in a sense even though it’s my long term goal I’m not doing anything to get closer to it. So on my drive home I thought even if I don’t perform in this show I need to be ready for when an opportunity arises. It would be incredibly cool to get up there and show what I can do. So thanks Vashti that was a very nice piece of direction for me.

Saturday class heralded our first session with the triple trapeze and oh my goodness. I’ve done trapeze for a while now but hey there is still heaps I can learn. We went so far out of my comfort zone that I would need GPS to get back.

Our first job for the lesson was to show that we could do a pull up and I’m not a novice at this game. Don’t let your trainer walk away and if you’re going to do one do it early before you get tuckered out. Honestly I was like one of the kids I teach, “Alex! Are you watching? I’m going to do it now’ Chantelle and I did the pull up. Poor Alex, Chantelle and I are adults in name only.

Then the rest of the class was doing all of this amazing partner work that I had not done before. It was challenging, fun, magical and confronting. My mind and my courage got a workout at the same time. I do not understand how people can do fitness and not enjoy it, if you are not enjoying your exercise class take a circus class you’ll never look back.

One really cool thing about partner work on a triple trapeze was that for a couple of the moves because you are both on the trapeze you lock each other in so doing some of the moves I’ve never felt more secure. That was cool.

I did however have a couple of difficulties with the activities. The first difficulty was that up till now all of my partner work has been on a double trapeze and has pretty much been one person on top of another. With a triple trapeze we were doing side by side stuff and I was working overtime to get things straight in my head. This leg goes here and this arm goes here and then time what you do here and I thought Help! We figured it out but my goodness it was a mental workout.

The second difficulty was a difficulty I have had previously when working with others. We were doing this move and I can’t remember what it was called but Chantelle and I had to balance off of each other and I wasn’t comfortable with that at all. I am bigger and heavier than her and I thought I’m going to send her into orbit. She assured me that I wouldn’t and when we did the move she didn’t go into orbit so maybe next time we do it I’ll be able to relax and just enjoy what we’re doing.

So my outcomes from this weekend were. I have a renewed direction with my training. If I want to get to a certain point I need to let go of the person I think I am to become the person I want to be. If I perform and I stuff something up it’s not the end of the world. Hell they stuff up in the Olympics it would be worse to not have a go and what would be really cool is to perform and enjoy performing, hmmm that’s certainly worth thinking about.

This triple trapeze is obviously going to open up a whole new world for us and I am one happy camper about that. Trapeze never gets dull.

2016 Blog 6 How did I end up here?

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It’s been an amazing couple of weeks. I have just completed two weeks of training in dogging and rigging and I’m now a qualified dogger and rigger. Soon I shall have a little plastic card with a somewhat gormless face on it to prove this.

I have no handyman skills. I have very little in the way of mathematical skills. You know that expression measure twice cut once? I’ve rarely been able to get two measurements to agree with each other but that’s ok we are all here for different purposes. So how the heck did I end up in a room with all of these construction workers learning about loads and weights and maths and trying to remember to swear every second word because it’s pretty much their language.

It all started when I quit the smokes. I took up exercise to deal with the withdrawal and the loss of stress coping mechanisms that quitting the smokes produced. Exercise made me want to learn handstands, handstands took me to circus, circus took me to flying trapeze, flying trapeze took me to buying one because we didn’t have one in South Australia and buying one took me to running a flying trapeze business to pay for the darn creature and that took me to dogging and rigging.

So here I am in my school holidays with my steel capped boots in a room full of blokes learning about stuff that I had almost no prior knowledge of. The learning curve was astronomical. The thing was though everybody in the training facility were so nice to Nick, our trapeze’s head trainer and me and I mean everybody.

Nobody treated us like who the hell are you and why are you here. Their reaction was oh you run a flying trapeze how cool. I loved these guys. They swore all the time which is kind of relaxing you don’t feel like you’re bottling anything up, if you’re cross just cuss even when they weren’t cross they cussed.

I wore a hard hat and a high visibility vest which in the trade we call high vis. I seriously considered reinventing myself as TM, I quite fancy that. I drove a fork lift, directed a crane, drove a scissor lift, did stuff up, undid other stuff. I had such a good time. I relived all the fear of my high school maths experiences, I didn’t enjoy that bit but I wouldn’t have had any of these experiences without my beloved trapeze and boy has she tested me on my love this year.

So thank you CITC training your instructor was fabulous, a very funny and knowledgeable man and I am a huge fan of the all you can drink coffee facility.

On to other circussy news. I got to see the final performance of the Circobats Spaced Out show. I had seen the dress rehearsal before but wow the show was amazing. Music, lighting, timing, it was all just wow. There was an OSHC (Out of School Hours Care)group in the audience and those kids were entranced. I had missed seeing Persia the first time round and her performance today was phenomenal. Everyone involved should be proud of themselves it was such a cool show.

I’m going to finish this blog with a little dedication. My little cat Byron is not very well and I think he’s off to the rainbow bridge very soon. I want to say thank you for coming to live with me and I have adored you my little monkey man, say gidday to all of those who have gone before you.

Thank you for reading and I will catch you next week.

 

 

 

2016 Blog 5 Spaced Out is Out of this World

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So that’s a yes to I’m doing a review of the Circobat show Spaced Out and that’s a yes to the fact that I’ll be milking this review for every planet, universe and space pun I can think of.

I was cheeky enough to ask if I could come and watch the Circobat final dress rehearsal before the show opens tomorrow. I’m currently doing two weeks of training and that means I can’t make it to see any of their actual performances this week. Nevertheless coming to the rehearsal meant that I saw a little of the enormous task that putting on a show like this entails. It is predominantly a young cast and it made me think that their director Alex Charman was amazingly patient and on point as it seemed like a million things had to be co-ordinated. She was assisted by Zoe Franklin Charman and Tazi Jeffries who kept peeling off to complete a job and then seamlessly reappearing each time to keep on rehearsing. It was amazing to watch the pre checks, how they manage the costume changes and from what side of the curtain do you come on stage and where do you leave by. I found all of that fascinating.

I was astounded by how that amount of young people in the Circobat troupe with all of the distractions of lights and costumes and props sat there and listened to their director before the start of the show. I have often said that how you talk to children is how they will talk back to you. Their director was respectful to them and they were respectful back. It was impressive and let’s be straight here – there was no space for error- yeah space you get that one? I didn’t even planet. Stop me please!

Ok so the show began and I had a great position for viewing. The atmosphere was electric! Hmmm? I have to be careful here as I go through each act as I don’t want to give away the exciting things that happen in the show but I do want to tell you how wonderful it all is and that you’d be crazy to miss it. Wish me luck as I apply the correct gravity to describing each act.

As I watched the first act I thought I’m going to need to consult a thesaurus otherwise I’m going to call everything exciting and that’s tough because everything was exciting.

The show starts with a silks act, the boys had cool tops and the girls had these beautiful glittery dresses. While I watched this act I thought I want to take up silks. Now anyone who knows me knows that I’m no friend to the fabric but this act made me go ooh and aah as they did stuff and I thought I want to do that. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that any act could make me want to do silks but there you are the first act did. The act was so clever in how everything was co-ordinated. Four silks, four performers and you don’t know where to look as they all do dazzling stuff. This probably means you should go and see the show a couple of times to make sure you don’t miss anything. Fortunately tickets won’t cost the Earth so you will be able to afford to go several of times. Yes that was a shameless plug, how on Earth did I get away with it.

Next was an acrobatic routine that changed the pace and the music. All of a sudden these boys were flying through the air and it was almost hard to keep up with everything they were doing. The act was slick and polished and I was out of puff at the finish. I think I must have been holding my breath during some of it.

Hoops were next and there were three girls in the act. I could see the two younger performers, who seriously were as cute as buttons, looking to the middle girl for guidance and it was lovely. It was like a display of co-operation to create this wonderful act. I loved this act. I should really see if Circobats are going to do a DVD of this show. I’d watch it again.

A change of pace and music and an exhilarating tumbling act followed hoops. I looked at these performers and I thought where are you going to be when you are adults.  Am I watching people that are going to be stars in the future, ooh I didn’t even mean that pun. I thought this act was almost Cirque Soleish. I know you probably think I’m exaggerating but it was like the act was inspired by Cirque. The performers had so much presence and confidence you could almost think that they were from outer space. I’d be careful Circobats if Cirque Solei haven’t done a space themed show they may get some ideas from your show. If nothing else you have to see this amazing back bend girl, oh my goodness, she is outstanding.

Another tick for this show was that each performer seemed to get an opportunity to have centre stage either for an act or a trick. It gave them the chance to showcase their talents and shine. I loved that.

Persia apparently is doing a hoop act. She wasn’t there while I was there but if it’s Persia you know that’s going to be good.

Duo Acrobatics was next, boy was that clever. First it’s spectacular what they do and then they do it co-ordinated with each other and it knocks your socks off. Very impressive.

Tazi Jeffries does a hat routine and we’re talking art now people. It was like her character had never seen a hat before so she explored it and played with it and then once she put the hat on her head the manipulation she did with that hat and then hats was phenomenal. Yowza!

Rolla Bolla was next, thrilling breath taking stuff all accompanied by music that suits the act perfectly. Zoe had a chance to shine with rolla bolla. She has incredible stage presence and her rolla bolla performance is amazing.

A juggling, poi and tumbling sequence came next, you honestly didn’t know where to look there was so much going on but it was all choreographed so beautifully. This is a showcase for some extraordinary talent.

An all troupe tumbling act comes next. I can only describe this as mind blowing with all of these people doing all of these things in such a tiny area without crashing and without pausing. Yowza!

You’ve barely got your breath back and there’s a triple act in full swing, yes I meant that pun. This was gorgeous. You’d have to see it to appreciate it.

There was some all troupe acrobatics and I’m so sorry I don’t know the names of things but oh my goodness and wow. I know one was a wall and there was pyramids and towers and tiny little people walking on other people to get to the top of people made structures and your mind is just blown.

I actually think that the music and the pace of the show were like separate performers. Kudos to the music and kudos to the pace of the show. The music changes for each act and it draws you in and the pace kept changing. So you actually feel almost breathless in some acts and then in some others you take a breath and think oh this is a quiet bit.

I loved this show so much. I really salute everyone involved in it you should be so proud of yourselves. This show is a good way to demonstrate to people that there is more to fitness and fun than established competitive sport. Circus lets you dress up, it keeps you fit and it requires you to work together.

Spaced Out is running this Monday, Wednesday and Friday, morning sessions at 10.00 and afternoon sessions at 1.00. The show runs for approximately 45 minutes. It is astronomically good. Brighter than the sun, cooler than the moon there is no reason on Earth you would want to miss it. I predict a meteoric rise to fame for these performers.

 

2016 Blog 2 Flat Out Happy

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At the end of my class on Saturday when we were absolutely exhausted I said to my long suffering training partner Chantelle I’m pooped. She said so am I. I said you know what that means? She said ‘Home time?” I said it’s time to train more on tired muscles. She said it’s time like this I forget why I like you.

I jumped up on the trapeze and did some eccentric pull ups (that was a little eccentric of me dontcha think?) and Chantelle joined me and I realised that nothing made me happier than this. I have had an hour fifteen of great exercise, lots of laughs, I had trained until I was exhausted and then I had trained some more and that my friends makes me happy so so happy. I like strength, I like fitness, I love trapeze and I love jokes and I get it all in my Saturday afternoon class. I just remember thinking as I jumped up to do some more exercises it wasn’t oh yuck I don’t want to do anymore it was pure happiness and you know how sometimes you go through crap and you think you’ll never be happy again and then voila happiness comes back. It’s very cool.

It was another brilliant lesson but before the lesson was Friday night open training and we got to see Alex and Persia’s routine and wow it’s amazing. I’ve seen bits and pieces before but this was just about the whole thing and my goodness it’s a knock out. Persia does this amazing hoop routine, then Alex wows them on the trapeze, then they both do this amazing acro routine and then they do a tissu routine and it’s like the music takes you from one apparatus to the next. I would dearly love to go to Melbourne to see the whole thing but it was pretty cool seeing what we saw Friday night.

Now onto our lesson. I told you last week we are doing more ballsy moves well our Saturday class is becoming no place for the faint hearted. Fortunately a very smart chap once told me don’t go into any moves that you don’t know the way out of as long as I can get out of a move I’ll pretty much give most things a try. There’s been a few moves that I have run away and said oh that’s a bit dose of nope.

We looked at our pull overs, I’m working on an argyle design – yes? Turns out Chantelle and I may have been doing them a little bit the hard way and it may well be now that we’ve learnt an easier way to do them they may arrive a little sooner than I was expecting. So that’s nice.

Then it was on to the chips move and the star fish move. We pretty much ran a comedy skit working out what the chips move was and what the star fish was and it didn’t help with me thinking that the star fish was called sun flower and my goodness I thought we were going to have to start using sign language to get ourselves understood. Alex fixed the problem by saying there is no sunflower move so lets just do chips and star fish and then we’ll all know what we’re talking about.

So Chantelle goes first and does a beautiful chips and oh my goodness do you know what I’ve just realised we did star fish and chips, fish and chips and I didn’t pick it up at the time – argh! Ok so she did chips and it looked gorgeous. When I did mine I kind of felt like a half dead fish in a net. Alex said I looked ok I’m not sure I bought it. Then we did my sunflower, Chantelle’s chips and the actual star fish. Chantelle goes into this move so effortlessly and a big dose of nope was standing right next to me. Regardless me and nope got up to do the move and I have to say nope was yelling when I did it, man that move hurts. Yes it looks pretty but the pain factor is a little high. I couldn’t do it all the first time I tried it so it’s pretty cool I got it this time. Nope didn’t make an appearance for the next move though – dun dun duhhh!.

So I have a friend called Jessica who is a bit of a whiz at trapeze and because she doesn’t realise how good she is she thinks everyone can do what she does. So she has this move called the Carousel and for as long as I’ve known her she’s been saying Trish do the Carousel, you’ll love the Carousel. So I’ve watched her do it on video and pretty much put it in the nope category. I watched her do it in person and thought yeah like it but still nope but this Saturday for some scary psychic reason Alex says hey let’s learn the Carousel. If I find out that Jess has been chatting to Alex look out Missy.

So Alex demonstrates and I’m thinking no bloody way and Chantelle is looking like she’s thinking the same thing and Alex says you’ll be fine which is Alex speak for I’ll catch you if you fall. Anyhoo I found out the escape path, Alex demonstrated it a couple more times and then it was our turn. I did it and pretty much buggered it up, that my friends is my gift to the world. I make other people feel better by buggering things up first. Chantelle gets up and does the whole thing perfectly and I thought – right it’s on. Have I ever mentioned that I am almost pathologically competitive? Who am I kidding there is no almost in that description. So I get up and bugger it up only slightly less than previously but I’m a little happy that I’m still alive and I have to say it’s a really cool move so Jess is right.

We did our routine and now Alex has put something quite spesh in it. We’re going to change trapezes and do a cartwheel to get to each other’s trapeze and wow colour me impressed. I now have to practice on the trapeze Chantelle uses otherwise I’m going to be falling off the perch all over again. I had an option to the cartwheel I could have done a fan roll. I’ve never heard of them but Jeeze they’re pretty. I should probably learn them they would be handy to have in your repertoire.

I love these lessons I go back to my property afterwards and I muck animals out and slosh about in gumboots and think about being up in the air doing pretty stuff, it’s awesome. I didn’t have to run away to join the circus I just drive into the big smoke, get my fix and come home again.

Blog 8 Our First Ever School Holiday Session

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So now it’s done and dusted and we can mark another first off the board. The South Australian School of Trapeze has held their first school holiday session. May I give an enormous thank you to the instructors, parents and participants who made it happen.

The instructors were wonderful. I had Kristin, Jess and Liam. Liam is a personal trainer, was called a lovely young man by one of our bystanders and is a good man to have around. Jessica runs her own circus school (Firefly Performing Arts) and brings organization, efficiency and fun to the team. Kristin has experience working with young flyers and did a wonderful job up on the board with Jessica while Liam did the lines. I truly count myself blessed to have these people involved. They are also just a hoot and a half and make for a fun work environment so it’s pretty cool.

Our parents were amazing. They sat and watched their children for two hours. I saw them support their children if they were scared and cheer them on when they flew. Thanks parents you were fantastic!

The participants were pretty awesome too. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer first group to work with. I had ladder duty so I spent a lot of time with them. I heard them cheer each other on, be supportive and congratulate each other after they had flown. I saw children who were quite scared of doing something, pull themselves together, climb up that ladder and do the job and they were so proud of themselves afterwards. It was a real privilege to witness that.

I was exhausted by the end of the session and by going through this experience we have learned a lot of things that we can do to improve the experience next time. I’m so glad I did it and from the feedback we received it sounded like everyone involved enjoyed themselves. This was something that I created from an idea and it’s so cool to have an idea and bring it to life. We’re planning to do this again in the next school holidays and we may well run extra sessions to cater for the demand.

In other news I’m still trying to find out how many people would be interested in a weekly class, either Fridays or on the weekend. If this sounds like something that would appeal to you please let me know. If you are interested in our two hour introduction session please contact us via our face book page, our web page, our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.

We do have something quite exciting coming up but it’s secret squirrel for the time being until we confirm it. Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.

 

Blog 6 We Put Smiles on People’s Faces

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If you had a job or you owned a business that put smiles on people’s faces you’d be pretty happy wouldn’t you? Our Flying Trapeze business puts smiles on people’s faces it’s very cool.

On Sunday when we were running a session I watched people as they finished their first swing and then went back to tell their friends about it who were waiting in line for their go and these people had enormous smiles on their faces. I thought I have put something in South Australia that has made people happy and that makes me happy.

We have a new instructor in training so a big congratulations go out to Andrew. He has a rock climbing back ground and is monkey strong so I think he’ll fit in well.

I need to send an apology out to poor Liam who brought a bun for us all to eat after the session and I just about ate it all. I have it on my list to buy the bun for the next time I see him. It was one of those pull apart super soft things with icing and it was more than this little camper could resist.

Jessica has made us a web site and it’s great. I love the way she’s laid things out and the colours and the fonts. It’s got a carny feel to it and it’s brilliant. Go check it out at http://www.southaustrapeze.com/. Thanks Jessica.

The school holiday day is going great guns. I have about three spaces left. So if you’re interested please get in contact.

I’m also starting to look at how I can run a weekly class for people who want to come along, get fit and be shown how to do flying trapeze. They would learn everything from flying, the board, doing the lines and eventually catching. If you would be interested in a weekly class please get in touch via the contact details below. At this stage I’m thinking of running a class 11.00 oclock Fridays weather permitting.

If you would like to come along and learn how to fly either as a class or a two hour introduction session please contact us via our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you next blog.

Blog 5 Kurt’s Fundraiser

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My friend Kurt is off to France to perform a show he was in for the Fringe. It’s a real honour to be asked to go and the performers need to fund their own travel. Kurt is quite the entrepreneur at times and he organized a group of friends to fly at a discounted price to raise funds for the trip. We ended up today with a class of eleven people and they were a lot of fun.

The weather was a touch cold and I think I need to investigate buying some work hoodies. The rain and the wind stayed off though and it looked like everyone had a ball.

Alli’s son came and while she worked he just kept himself amused he is such a trooper. I wanted to have a workplace where people could bring their children because I’ve seen a lot of women stop training when they have children because they can’t find anyone to mind them or child care costs too much. Oliver went from adult to adult with everyone being charmed by him. At one point Nick was watching the knee hangs and he just stood there holding Oliver’s hand and Oliver was happy just to stand there with him, it was lovely.

Oliver showed me what he can do on the practice bar and I kid you not this two year old can hang from the bar. I was spotting him so he was completely safe but he just did it over and over. I couldn’t believe his strength. He’s going to be a circus performer when he’s older I’ll put money on it. He even helped pack up at the end of the day. I’m going to have to put him on salary. At the very least I should get him a shirt.

It was such a lovely day. Our 26th of June spot has filled up but if you would like to come and fly please contact us and we can organise a session for you.

I mentioned last week that we’re going to run our first school holiday program. This program is a modified one from the general public one and is designed for children. We will run it on Tuesday the 12th of July. Spaces are starting to fill so if you’re interested please get in contact. If you would like to come along and learn how to fly please contact us via our face book page, or our mobile number 0456738826 or our email sa.trapeze@gmail.com.