Masha de­fies grav­ity

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

ST Peters­burg-born aeri­al­ist Masha Ter­en­tieva has spent her life on tour.

“My dad is a clown and I ba­si­cally grew up back­stage trav­el­ling the world with him,” Ter­en­tieva said.

“He used to be a clown in Cirque du Soleil show Ale­gria. I grew up with Cirque du Soleil, train­ing a lit­tle bit back­stage, and then I started do­ing cir­cus more se­ri­ously and went to cir­cus school in Mon­treal; then I joined Cirque du Soleil too.”

The 29-year-old spent five years in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion and Zarkana be­fore de­cid­ing to leave to try some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“I’m so grate­ful for the ex­pe­ri­ence and ev­ery­thing I have now partly comes from be­ing with them,” she said.

“But Cirque du Soleil goes for big crowds and I some­times like the in­ti­macy of a cabaret per­for­mance space of 200 to 300 peo­ple where the au­di­ence gets to hear your ev­ery breath and see you sweat up close.”

The de­ci­sion has seen Ter­en­tieva per­form in a range of cabaret and va­ri­ety shows and Broad­way mu­si­cals in New York.

She is in Perth for Strut and Fret’s pro­duc­tion Blanc de Blanc at Re­gal Theatre, where the saucy cham­pagne-in­spired cir­cus show bub­bles with cabaret and ac­ro­batic tal­ent.

Au­di­ences can watch her per­form a hula hoop act and flaunt­ing her aeri­al­ist abil­ity in a mes­meris­ing piece on a ho­tel lug­gage cart while dressed as a bell boy.

“I had the idea for years and wanted to do some­thing that wasn’t what some­one else had told me to do but what I wanted to do,” Ter­en­tieva said.

“I was in­spired from wait­ing around in ho­tels with friends; when you’re al­ways on tour, you play around on the ho­tel cart and then it hit me, it might be a good idea.

“I had some­one cus­tom-make it for me from a sketch I drew on a piece of pa­per.

“It’s an ap­pa­ra­tus no one has ever done be­fore and some­how ab­stractly the im­age of a ho­tel bell boy on a ho­tel lug­gage cart fits into this Blanc de Blanc world.

“Aerial is the feel­ing of free­dom and weight­less­ness and it’s just re­ally fun to be fly­ing in the air, swing­ing and spin­ning; I guess it’s like es­cap­ing and de­fy­ing grav­ity.”

Pic­ture: Andrew Ritchie d460567

Rus­sian aeri­al­ist Masha Ter­en­tieva.

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