ALL THE RIGHT MOVES E
He’ll bend over backwards just to get a laugh – contortionist clown Spencer Novich didn’t need much convincing to run away and join this particular circus
ven Spencer Novich is hard pressed to explain what he does. All you need to know is that it’s unique, it’s hilarious, it’s earned him rave reviews worldwide and now it’s landed him a role in naughty circus cabaret Blanc de Blanc. How would you describe what you do? The stuff that I do is a bit odd – circus people say ‘That’s not circus,’ theatre people say ‘That’s not theatre.’ I’m billed as a contortionist clown but again, a contortionist would say ‘That’s not contortionism.’ It’s strange movements. I’m sort of like a mover, comedian, clown. At one point I was just called an eccentric. I thought that was a good one. I cover a lot of comedic movement. It’s such a crazy, niche thing that you do. How does one even fall into this life? I just loved doing it. It’s hard to say there was one specific moment where I said ‘This is what I’m going to do,’ I just loved connecting with audiences. I love creating so much and Scott Maidment, the director, gave me the opportunity to create and continue to create. I’m doing it because it excites me and I’m offering an escape. How would you describe your role in Blanc de Blanc? I’m definitely the subversive element of the show, or one of the subversive elements. Subversion through comedy. In many ways the show is filled with such incredible performances and incredible bodies and people doing incredible feats that require such a high level of skill. To audiences that can be quite unrelatable. I try to make the show relatable. I am like a weird little skinny man in the show surrounded by beautiful people. I think everyone has felt like that in one way or another. I offer comic relief and I hope to bring a humanity to the show. What led you to the stage? I grew up doing youth circus and youth theatre ... I was about 14. I think it was just a way for my parents to get rid of me, sending me away over the summer. I sort of loved it for the same reasons as today – I got to meet incredible people from all over the world, people with different backgrounds. And that continues into the professional world. Even in Blanc, people with vastly different backgrounds come together to make a show ... an evening ... a night. Professionally, I went to train at New York, NYU and the year before graduation I auditioned for Cirque and was fortunate enough to be placed into their database. Then right after graduation, I was in a show in Vegas. This is your first time performing on the Gold Coast. Are you looking forward to it? I’ve never performed on the GC before, but I was here in Burleigh about six months ago when we did a season in Brisbane. It’s awesome. We came down here and went to the Surfers area and it sort of felt like the perfect place to take the show. To me that’s very exciting to have that thought and then somehow have it come to fruition. At that point I had no idea it was coming here. There’s just an energy, a buzz about the Gold Coast. People are looking to have a good time and unwind and I feel like that’s what our show does so well – it forces you to unwind. It makes me feel like it’ll be a really fun season here. Blanc de Blanc runs until April 16 in the The Spiegeltent, Victoria Park, Broadbeach
I’M DOING IT BECAUSE IT EXCITES ME AND I’M OFFERING AN ESCAPE
Performer Spencer Novich brings some light relief to the Blanc de Blanc stage.