On their 10th anniversary, circus theatre company The Dust Palace is going from strength to strength. Rebecca Fox talks to its founders about how they tell a story.
It took Eve Gordon six months to be able to hang suspended upside down. ”I was never that physically brave. That seems so outrageous now,” the experienced circus performer says. She and Mike Edward founded The Dust Palace 10 years ago in Auckland after gathering a group of friends together to create a show for Auckland’s first fringe festival. ”One was an improvised circus dance piece that 20 people saw and the other piece was a satirical look at burlesque as a form of entertainment, which sold out.”
The idea of using circus as an art form to tell stories ”stuck” with the group and they have been putting on shows ever since. At the time there was not much circus in Auckland and only a small circus culture in Christchurch and Wellington. While contemporary circus was becoming a worldwide movement, it was taking its time getting to New Zealand despite Cirque du Soleil having been around for 30 years. ”There was this shift worldwide but we were 10 years behind,” Gordon says…
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