Bonnie & Stevee (Expose) Q & A
By Crimson Cookie
CC: For those of you involved in more shows then one, does it ever get complicated being closely linked to two different groups?
B&S: Although neither of us is involved in any other fringe shows this year, we have also been rehearsing with our circus group 'Six More Than Solo', which includes five other performers. We are also rehearsing our Aerial Cradle act that will feature in this years showcase at the National Institute of Circus Arts. It is our graduating piece so very time consuming at the moment. We are keeping very busy!
CC: Did you go to an Arts school of some kind or develop your skills through a hobby that turned into a career? What was that like? Discuss/explain.
B&S: We are both in our final year of the bachelor of circus arts at NICA. Before beginning the course, Bonnie performed in community circus' in Western Australia, and Stevee competed as a gymnast. Our time at NICA has given us the opportunity to learn from heaps of highly experienced coaches, and has given us access to the best circus training facility in the country.
CC: Did you always aspire to be artists/performers? If not, how have things changed for you?
B&S: Before meeting at NICA, we both dreamed of one day being performers of some kind. And after working as a duo for two years, we have really enjoyed working as a team to create new work and performing together.
CC: How many hours a day do you train/practice? How do you balance this with other life commitments?
B&S: Unlike most uni degree's, we are at school Monday to Friday, 9-5. We do physical training for about 5 hours a day, not including dance and performance classes. It’s a lot of work but you get used to it, like anything else. We also work part-time and manage (occasionally) to catch up with family and friends. It requires good time management to balance everything but because we love what we do, it’s worth it.
CC: I am sure you enjoy performing all your acts, but which is a favourite of yours?
B&S: Our favorite act to perform is Aerial Cradle. It’s a fixed platform rigged about 5 meters from the ground. Bonnie hangs upside down from the platform from her knees and Stevee swings and somersaults through the air from Bonnie's hands.
CC: After all these years performing do you ever/still get nervous?
B&S: Yes we still get a bit nervous sometimes, but a bit of nervous energy is always a good thing!
CC: For those who may be struggling in the world of arts performance, what are you suggestions for them?
B&S: Keep training, perform as often as you can in front of an audience and seek out people in your industry that can help you to improve.
Expose showcases at Red Bennies Sunday 26th September as part of Melbourne Fringe. Click for Expose event info.