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Finn Burnett-Pope — Tight wire
National Centre for Circus Arts student Finn Burnett-Pope can’t get enough of the tight wire. Currently based in the London, Pope identifies himself as a circus performer, student, violinist and visual artist. Pope has also studied at Circomedia. As a student, he enjoys the thrill of the tight wire, and the need for continued concentration. Spinning rings are a favorite of his. He often adds comedic elements to his performances.
In addition to tight wire, Finn Burnett-Pope also specializes in juggling. He prefers combination juggling tricks. He has performed hula hoops with Cirque Nova, in London, and at Desparu Theatre in Cornwall. It is the final year of his three year degree at the National Centre for Circus Arts.
We asked Pope what draws him to tight wire in particular, and how he would characterize himself as an artist, to which he responded:
“I like the danger element of tight wire, I think that it’s a pretty universally exciting discipline, also on a more personal level I think that tight wire is a discipline that keeps you focused and doesn’t leave any room for complacency.
Tight wire initially attracted me because of the challenge and that’s why it’s still engaging for me now. The thing about tight wire being such an unaccessable discipline for most people, is that it means that it is a very unsaturated discipline. It’d be nice if there were more tight wire artists to bounce off of.”
On his persona as a performer, Finn Burnett-Pope says:
“I would characterise myself as a performer who puts my own spin on pretty traditional tricks, I do a lot of juggling on the wire, especially multitasking/combination tricks: spinning rings on the wire and such.
My acts are always character based and usually very tightly choreographed, I don’t like leaving too much to chance.”
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