Turning circus on its head
THE circus is coming to town.
But this is no ordinary circus.
Australia's hottest new circus company, Casus will be in Lismore next weekend with their unique awe-inspiring, heart-in-the-mouth show Knee Deep, an inventive blend of circus and modern media that showcases the astonishing skills, agility and grace of four incredible performers.
Formed in 2011, Casus - performers Emma Serjeant, Jesse Scott, Lachlan McAulay and Natano Fa'anana - have quickly become famous both here in Australia and internationally for their bold, quirky and captivating performances.
"A lot of love has gone into making this company the best it can be," says Jesse Scott.
"We four are extremely close friends and that can be seen on stage. The trust and care we have for each other cannot be faked. A lot of people I talk to after the show tell me how moved they are by the bond we have. To me, this is the true heart of Knee Deep and Casus."
The act is constantly evolving, with every performance exploring the amazing muscle control, the strength and agility of the human body.
The idea for the show came about after Serjeant injured her shoulder.
"We created a show with the physical language of restriction, so we created physical acrobatics that meant we didn't have to use Emma's right shoulder," Natano Fa'anana says.
"What we ended up doing was creating a new style."
Surprisingly, for a circus act of this kind, in Knee Deep the human body is likened to an egg.
"There are certain angles you can stand on an egg and it's quite strong, but there are certain angles you can stand on an egg and it will break immediately," Fa'anana says.
And every night is different.
"This show is constantly evolving just like we as performers are," says Scott.
"Every time we put the show onto a different stage we change things up so we don't get complacent; we live this show every night as though it's the first."
NORPA's artistic director, Julian Louis is the man who chooses which shows to bring to town. He says he chose Casus because the group has taken a traditional artform and turned it on its head - literally.
"I love how circus has evolved as an art form," says Louis.
"It has become sensual, dramatic and complex - it's not just about showing the trick any more, it's about human nature.
"Casus are at the forefront of this evolution"
Check Casus out online at casus.com.au.
Thanks to our good buddies at NORPA we have a double pass to Knee Deep on Friday night. To win simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us in 25 words or less who you will take to Knee Deep and why. Entries close Wednesday, September 25 at 5pm.