More air time for talented trio

Last updated 05:00 09/01/2014

THREE'S COMPANY: Brothers Zane, 22, left, and Degge Jarvie, 20, have teamed up with Imogen Stone, 18, to perform their act at the Fringe Festival.

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They graced our screens on New Zealand's Got Talent, but five minutes of fame is not enough for circus performing brothers Zane and Degge Jarvie.

The Wellington performing duo have combined their passion for juggling and illusion with aerialist Imogen Stone to produce How to Universe, their own show which will feature at the Fringe Festival.

Involvement in Fringe will be a first for the Jarvie brothers, who say life has changed since the television talent show in 2012.

"People recognise us now and have a yarn which is nice," Zane, 22, says.

"It's easier for us to get work because we have a name instead of having to explain ourselves, it's nice for people to know of you."

Zane says he and Degge were introduced to juggling at a young age by their parents who performed at juggling festivals and took the boys along.

After finishing a degree in architecture last year, Zane and his girlfriend Imogen Stone ran away to the Circus Aoteroa together where they toured the central North Island.

"Each week we were in a different place, living in caravans and not only did we perform but we did it all, helping put up the tent, taking it down, front of house, marketing, it was absolutely fantastic," Zane says.

"I learnt a lot of practical skills and a lot about performing, its a very 24/7 lifestyle."

Zane met Stone while training together at the Wellington Circus Hub. Stone says her time touring with the circus was the best experience of her life and the first step towards her dream of becoming a full-time circus performer.

"My style is very different to the boys', I'm an aerialist so I work in the air and do a bit of acrobatics and dance.

"I'm really exciting to be putting on this show, I haven't seen one quite like this before and I can be proud of the whole piece of work, not just the bit I was in."

Twenty-year-old Degge, who is halfway through his degree in Industrial Design, says How to Universe should keep audiences guessing.

"It's circus but not circus, it's very different and has a bit of the vibe of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Zane says that while there is still a comedic element to the new show, he and his brother have been upskilling since NZGT.

"Because we are doing the show with Imogen as well we are trying to mesh together our two styles, Degge and I do comedy and she does beautiful circus stuff, so the comedy's toned down a bit.

"It's a little bit bizarre, a little bit silly and a lot of fun."


How to Universe will be performed on February 7, 8 and 9. See for more information and tickets

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