Circus a manipulative treat for audience

Jessica Connell and Gerramy Marsden fine tune tricks for tonight’s Circa show at COPACC.

Jessica Connell and Gerramy Marsden fine tune tricks for tonight’s Circa show at COPACC.

AN “array of manipulations and weird things you can do with your body” await Colac audiences, circus performer Kimberley Rossi says.

The 19-year-old contortionist and acrobat starts a six-show residence at Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre with five of her fellow Circa performers tonight.

“My specialty is handstands, and I’m really bendy,” she  said.

Colac audiences will have five chances to see 61 Circus Acts in 60 Minutes this week before Rossi and Circa troupe member Jessica Connell don stiletto heels for cabaret-inspired Wunderkammer on Saturday night.

“You get good at doing tricks in heels,” Connell said.

“I couldn’t walk in heels at first, I did Wunderkammer in Berlin for eight months and now I can cartwheel in heels and do walkovers,” she said.

Connell and Rossi, who have both been with the Brisbane-based circus troupe for four years, have travelled around Europe, America and Australia performing group acrobatics and solo tricks.

Connell said she found “all the elements” of her job attractive.

“I love travelling, seeing new places and seeing new people, I love performing and training and learning new skills,” Connell said.

“Sometimes you do shows non-stop, you really have to love performing because you might do a show for two weeks straight,” she said.

“In a week you may travel to five different towns so you have to love travelling.”

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