Taking Part In Puffball
Earlier this year, I noticed an article on TheSprout, which was looking for LGBTQ people to take part in a circus piece called Puffball. Stimulated I wanted to know more.
Since I did in fact take part in the week long masterclass, I can confirm it was one of the most fascinating, physically-challenging and artistically provoking weeks I’ve yet to experience.
The director Mark Storor - who has gained a fine reputation in the circus world - was our mentor for the week. He showered us (literally, we used a lot of water) with ideas, yet made us create our own forms of art in what he was after from us. A self-portrait that was our silhouettes drawn out on a massive piece of paper. Describing what building would you be? What animal would you be? What format of literature would you be? What element?
It was the relationship between what I said and what I did that would be incorporated into the show. Although this was surprising at first, soon a flood of ideas came to me as creative inspiration.
A highlight was being split into groups of two, where we had to stop each other from wearing the other's shoes. One was after them, the other stopped this. I was much larger than my partner, but it was still very physical. We found ourselves in a tangled embrace. Quite beautiful really with my legs wrapped around him.
Puffball continues next month and I will definitely carry on with it. To tell all my friends and family I am to take part in a circus piece is also quite exciting.
I now must push myself and continue with this fantastic opportunity.
Photo Credit: WMC