The Australian circus scene is getting a very deadly shake-up with the arrival of ‘Chasing Smoke’, the only all-Indigenous contemporary circus crew touring Australia.
Lara Croydon is a Gudjala Kabulba woman, and one of six talented performers who are taking the show on tour. Lara is joined by the women of ‘Chasing Smoke’, Ally Humphris and Pearl Thompson, to perform a special excerpt of the show for Sydney Fringe Festival Audiences at the Legs Hub. For its Queensland debut, it will be presented as part of Brisbane Powerhouse programme The Bridge.
Lara chats about representation, ticking the black box, and running away with the circus.
So, what is the show about?
“This show is really about our stories and our histories and our hopes for the future. It’s our identities represented on stage – history, current lives, future, all told through circus, so you’re going to see lots of juggling, acrobatics, dance, hula hoops, you name it. It gets pretty exciting. We don’t hold back any parts of ourselves, so it’s real and raw and 100 per cent true to ourselves.”
What has been the most amazing part of the process?
“Which bit! Aaaah! That is a real hard question. I guess the best part of the journey is the people we get to walk it with it, the rest of the cast, Natano, Rockie, Vincent, who helped with the start of the show. Our little family unit is what keeps us pushing.”…
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