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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - OFFICIAL BLEACH PROGRAM - SALLY COATES

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


Per­former Spencer Novich brings some light re­lief to the Blanc de Blanc stage.

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