Teenagers on the move
WORKING with emerging young performers when they are forming their artistic identity is a unique experience, according to Cutting Teeth co-director Natano Fa'anana.
Cutting Teeth is a coming of age story performed by Sliders, Circus WA’s youth troupe. Fa'anana said the story focused on the junction where teenagers decide which direction to go in.
“We talk about end of schooling, illness, alignments and even trauma, which has influenced the direction of their life,” he said.
“The show has everything from trapeze to double trapeze, to four people on a rope, to two girls in an aerial hoop, hand balancing and crazy tumbling.
“There are standard tricks that come with the circus but there are these beautiful real moments that belong to each of the individual as artists that I like to draw out, not so much trick ponies.”
Fa'anana said he loved working with the next generation of circus performers.
“I am working with people who are working to form their identity in terms of artists,” he said.
WHAT: Cutting Teeth WHEN: January 24 and 25 WHERE: Freo Big Top
Stella Masters and Tim Simpson (front) with Phoebe Ingleson and Maddie Barrett at the rear.