“I really don’t like the way that people see disabled performers as inspirational or ‘brave’, regardless of what we do on stage”
I once received an email from the Artistic Director of a circus venue, offering a ‘residency’ so that we, myself and my company, could – with his help – ‘fix’ our show and make it more ‘circusy’.
As a circus-theatre artist whose work is based on historical figures, I think celebrating lineage is important.
I sit near a 20ft bonfire, neon lights are slowly breathing in the distance and the faded sound of liquid drum and bass vibrates through the air.
“I like that human nature is base and dirty and I think that my work reflects that…”
“I think circus is wonderful but what I like about it is that there are still enormous questions…”
“I’m interested in the body in performance and when that even stops…”
“There I was, naked, tattooed, cutting a Star of David into myself…”
“How we use our bodies in the world is always political”
“If I can just say this thing, I don’t need to dance”