Chris Morant Q&A
By Crimson Kitten
CK: So Chris... or is it CM Cowboy, or Christo Mico, or Mr Swindle? You're certainly a man of many characters! Who are we going to see on Saturday at Red Bennies?
CM: Hey CK, you can call me anything you like, however I will only respond to 3 things. On Saturday I have prepared a surprise performance.
CK: You have a background of Martial Arts training. Obviously this requires strong mental discipline, and also a strong physical strength. Do you feel this education lends itself to your career now as a performer?
CM: Martial arts is an excellent foundation for any career, skills like determination and confidence are essential as a successful entertainer.
CK: Who, or what, could you site as a major influence upon your characters and performances?
CM: Jackie Chan - "Expect the worst, and hope for the best"
CK: How does one discover he can eat fire? Surely it isn't something you just stumbled across.
CM: Skill swap is how I learned to eat fire, teaching a skill in exchange for learning a new skill. Or you can pay a professional artist to teach you.
CK: You hand make custom leather masks, inspired by Commedia Dell'Arte. They're beautiful, but definitely a little creepy! Talk me through the process you go through designing and creating a mask.
CM: I learned to make leather masks from a venetian style teacher, it takes about 2 days to make a leather mask from positive and negative moulds taken from the artists own face. It is a bizarre experience to shape leather over a duplicate of your own face, but worth it.
CK: Is there a demand for masks like these, from other performers perhaps, or is it just a labour of love for you?
CM: In regards to making masks for others, I would only make a custom fitted mask based on the clients own face. So it is really only performing artists I make these masks for, however a custom made leather mask is like a fitted leather boot and very comfortable.
CK: I probably couldn't catch a beach ball, even if I had six hands, is there hope for me to learn something from you in a workshop?
CM: Most students are capable of basic juggling scarves or balls after 1 lesson, although first few classes students are encouraged to try several different skills to see what they like most, like plate spinning, diablo, juggling, devil sticks etc.
Chris Morant performs at RBs Southside show, Red Bennies, on Saturday July 10.