ACAPTA selected five young women from the Victorian circus and physical theatre industry (including myself) to participate in the project, which is currently providing us with opportunities to engage with and learn from a diverse range of experiences that will equip us for the future.
The ACAPTA mentorees are: Bec Cooen, Ella Holmes, Luth Wolff, Alex Talamo and myself – Terri Cat Silvertree.
We attended the Regional Arts Victoria Producers and Presenters showcase, and most recently we assisted in the presentation of Illuminated By Fire, under the guidance of Artistic Director of the project and founder of The Women’s Circus, Donna Jackson. Our participation in Illuminated By Fire at Federation Square gave us a range of insights into how site-specific work is created and developed and our involvement certainly deepened our understanding of community arts engagement and practice.
In the near future we are heading up to North-East Arnhem Land to run a youth circus program at the GARMA Festival, which is regarded as one of Australia’s most important Indigenous cultural events
For me, one of the most valuable aspects of the project so far has been meeting with women who’ve had long careers in the arts and hearing about their experiences. Listening to their stories has provided me with many invaluable insights and inspiration. It’s my hope that through projects such as this, that we can continue to create links and energize artistic practices across the circus and physical theatre as we career towards the future!