Jascha Boyce & her divine collaborators are about to tour the whole planet… The Mumble caught up with her before that massive, rather acrobatic leap…
Hello Jascha, first things first, can you tell me what you got for Christmas?
French lessons, a collection of cookbooks and pink linen bed sheets.
Great – so where are you from & where are you at, geographically speaking?
I was born in Adelaide, South Australia and I am currently in my brand new house in Mitcham, South Australia but I am about to head off on tour to New Zealand, Sweden and Korea.
When did you first realise you were, well, circussy?
I started training circus, as an alternative to ballet or playing a sport, when I was only 4 years old at Cirkidz Circus School and I never left! I was offered a place in the performing troupe when I was 9 and was a coach at the circus school for close to 10 years before founding Gravity & Other Myths. So I guess I have always known!
How did you get into the performance side & what are your fortes?
I have been performing circus since I was 9 years old! After graduating from school myself and 6 friends decided we wanted to keep training and performing together and that is when Gravity & Other Myths was born! Since then we have created four successful works and I have been touring full time for the past 6 years. I am a flyer in the company and I specialise in group acrobatics and hand to hand.
If your Ensemble acrobatic performance style was a soup, what would be the key ingredients?
Trust, connection and lots of sweat.
You’ve got three famous figures from history coming round for dinner. Who would they be & what would you cook; starters, mains & dessert?
They would be Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali and I would make an Italian feast featuring antipasto, homemade spaghetti puttanesca and tiramisu!
Can you tell us about Gravity & Other Myths ?
Gravity & Other Myths (GOM) is an internationally renowned circus company pushing the boundaries of contemporary circus. Formed in Adelaide, Australia in 2009, GOM has rocketed to stellar acclaim with a series of disarmingly accomplished ensemble works. GOM’s work utilises an honest approach to performance, to create shows with a focus on human connection and acrobatic virtuosity.
What does Jascha Boyce like to do when she’s not being creative?
I love to cook, drink natural wine, go on adventures and play with my two dachshunds – Lilu and Dexter.
What is it about being performing in front of other people that makes you tick?
I think it is the thrill of being able to do what I love, with the people I love to provoke people all over the world to think more deeply while leaving them filled with joy!
What have you got for us this year?
This year will be the first year we have 3 different shows on the road at the same time! Wish us luck!
You’re performing at this year’s Auckland Arts Festival this month; what will you be bringing to the table?
We are very excited to be bringing Backbone to Auckland Festival! Even though Australia and New Zealand are so close geographically, we hardly ever get the opportunity to tour there! We can’t wait! We are also bringing a little side project – Jelly or Jam – to the festival. Its a show for young people filled with acrobatics, real stories about making a friend and plenty of messy, squishy, jelly!
Since 2017 its received a great deal of critical acclaim – how does that make you feel?
This rollercoaster ride is still all very surreal. It is GOM’s 10th anniversary this year and we can’t believe it has gone so quickly but we have definitely squeezed in so much into the past few years. It is so humbling to be able to create a work that is received so incredibly well all over the world!
Where did the idea for Backbone originate, & is the reality fulfilling your original vision?
Backbone examines strength in all of it’s forms, physical, emotional, collective and individual. Strength is so inherent in what we do as acrobats, so naturally became an intriguing theme and idea to examine. The work is always evolving and developing but we feel it does fulfil our original vision of creating a work of scale that explores a deeper idea while still remaining accessible and honest.
You’ve got 20 seconds to sell the show to somebody in the streets of Aukland, what would you say?
Don’t miss the NZ premiere of the world renowned acrobatic work, Backbone! If you want to feel things, laugh out loud, and gasp involuntarily this show is for you! GOM welcomes their audience into a world of humanity, skill and honesty. The beast that is Backbone will not disappoint!
What will you be doing for the rest of 2019?
After Auckland we head on tour for the rest of the year… to Sweden, Korea, Edinburgh, Spain, Italy, Vanuatu, North America… just to name a few!
Auckland Arts Festival
Mar 14-17. ASB Theatre