It’s showcase time at Circus Akimbo! Exactly one month from today our talented adult students and trainers will be showing off their skills to friends and family.
Showcases are an opportunity both to celebrate all your hard work and get some experience performing in front of an audience. For many of you, student nights will be your first introduction to circus performance, so to take some of the guess work out of preparation here are a few things to think about.
Music: Make sure you pick a song you like! It also helps to find something that suits your personality – if you’re naturally laid back, maybe aim more for a slower instrumental piece rather than that uptempo pop song. Which leads into…
Character: For a first performance, don’t worry too much about character work, just looking at the audience can be enough of a challenge! The most important thing for you is to work on smooth transitions and nailing your tricks. But if you’re ready for the next step, try to start with an emotion (happy, sad, angsty etc) or persona (rock star, princess, strong man) that suits your music and matches your personality relatively well. Keep that in mind you’re presenting a trick, or transitioning between tricks, and think about some different ways you can express it.
Costuming: This should suit your music and character, but also think about what you need to perform your act. You might need covered armpits and knees for tissu, or strategic bare skin for certain acro lifts. You’ll probably be able to find plenty in your wardrobe that can work as a costume (colourful tights, button up shirts, tutus, catsuits, jackets etc) and glitter, face paint or make up can help pull it all together. Just try to steer clear of dark colours as you’ll usually be performing against black stage curtains, and thoroughly test out your costume before the day.
A few guidelines for the lead up to the showcase:
Thanks to Kim Brewster Film & Photography for the photos from our last show, Akimbo Inc