After running away to join the circus at the age of 21, the aerialist and trapeze artist has returned home to Hobart on a mission.
She’s determined to use the art form to redefine the conversation around bodies, boundaries and consent.
After retiring from touring, Delaney opened a circus school in Kingston and took up a role as a primary prevention educator, teaching school students the importance of consent.
It was then that it dawned on her that her two passions — circus and consent — were inextricably linked.
Teaching circus, I realised we already have this amazing platform where we’re already talking about bodies, movement and touch, so I just found I was framing conversations differently,” she said.
The performance art involves a lot of danger and hands-on contact, meaning trust and open communication are crucial to avoiding injuries or falling from heights.
“Instead of saying [to circus students] ‘put your legs here and I’ll help you up there’, I was saying something like, ‘how do you feel about putting your legs there and is it OK if I help you while you get up there?’…”
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