Interview: Mark Graham from National Institute of Circus Arts
From: Bathurst, NSW
Current: St Kilda East
Mark Graham is studying the Bachelor of Circus Arts at the National Institute of Circus Arts. Mark was born in Young, NSW and grew up in Bathurst, NSW but now lives in St Kilda East, Victoria. Having performed circus for the last eight years, Mark specialises in Handstands and Aerial Hoop, as well as advanced Acrobatics. Mark is curiosity driven and a versatile performer in both solo and ensemble shows.
NICA’s talented graduating artists of 2015 will be stepping back through the history of circus in the new production, Born in Sawdust, which will play for a limited season at the state-of-the-art National Circus Centre in Prahran from 18 to 28 November 2015.
Born in Sawdust is a Russian phrase to describe someone born into the circus. Directed by internationally acclaimed director Gavin Robins, this new production will celebrate the rich histories of both circus performers and their trainers, which have been shaped by the spirits living in the sawdust floor beneath them.
While creating the concept for the show Gavin Robins drew inspiration from a very local source. Robins explains, “Stories from the traditional circus worlds of the NICA trainers have been our muse for this work. NICA trainer Kostya Ibraguimov, who sadly passed away last year, provided inspiration for this performance’s thematic material. The lineage of our trainers and mentors is what makes the shadows of our past materialise into the here and now.”