Pair liv­ing the high life

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

BER­LIN aerial hoop artists Luka Clay­burn and Laura von Bon­gard ap­proach their work just like any­one else, de­spite the fact they are soar­ing high above their au­di­ence while do­ing it.

“I think maybe it’s the same for other peo­ple who have a nor­mal job,” Clay­burn said.

“If you learn and prac­tise, you’ll feel good and safe with what you do.

“But if you start to get out of shape, if you don’t prac­tise enough or are not pro­fes­sional enough, then it starts to get re­ally hard – es­pe­cially if you go on hol­i­day for a cou­ple of weeks or party too much.”

The pair, who first met at preschool but only later re­con­nected through their mu­tual love of aerial per­for­mance, has joined the cast of Ab­sinthe for the Aus­tralian leg of the adult-themed cir­cus, bur­lesque and vaude­ville show.

From the creators of Em­pire, the Spiegel­world pro­duc­tion will set up its Spiegel­tent on The Back­court at Perth Arena from July 11.

It will bring au­di­ences up close and per­sonal to a range of acts in­clud­ing Clay­burn and von Bon­gard’s Cavea Aurea (cave of gold), which the per­form­ers de­scribed as in­tense and sexy with a lit­tle bit of nudity.

“Ab­sinthe did our chore­og­ra­phy and I love the song we’re per­form­ing to, Heavy in Your Arms by Florence and the Ma­chine,” Clay­burn said.

“We love work­ing to­gether; not only for per­form­ing but also for the trav­el­ling. It’s al­ways more fun and you feel bet­ter hav­ing some­one to share the ex­pe­ri­ence with, es­pe­cially for Ab­sinthe when we are so far away from home.”

Luka Clay­burn and Laura von Bon­gard per­form­ing Cavea Aurea.

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