Circus performance for final year project

PRIYANKA BHONSULE
Last updated 10:02 23/09/2011
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Pyramid players: Miriam Randall watches on as Amelia Cabral balances on Geena Llyod-Sanders (bottom left) and Sophia Clarke-Edwards for their circus performance.

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Miriam Randall isn't running away to join the circus but rather teaching the art to other kids at her school.

As part of her final year project, she is teaching circus performance to younger students at Raphael House Rudolph Steiner.

Miriam's passion for circus was sparked in Germany during a six-month exchange where her host school had a circus performance of their own.

''When I came back I decided I wanted to pursue it so I joined Wellington Circus Trust in Miramar.''

Raphael House Year 13 students have to do a year-long project on something; it could be anything as long as they are interested in it.

''It's a self-motivated project so there is no one to check up on you so it's better if you're really into the subject,'' says Miriam.

She put out the call for performers last year and received numerous responses; unfortunately, she had to turn down some of the younger kids and focus on Year 6 upwards.

''It was mind-boggling at the beginning because I'd never taught before and I was so new to the whole circus thing myself.

''But we're getting there and the time limits are starting to kick in.''

She says feedback from kids and parents alike has been really positive and there are some keen to join the Circus Trust to pursue it further.

As for herself, Miriam hopes to join Circus Aotearoa and travel with them on their six-month national tour.

Other Year 13 student projects include forays into filmmaking, story writing, photography, animation, guitar making and even equine therapy.

An exhibition of all project work will be open to public in the Little Theatre foyer on Friday, Sept 30 (1.30 - 4.30pm) and Saturday, Oct 1 (11.00am-12.45pm and 2.45 - 3.30pm). Project presentations will be held on Saturday from 1.00pm to 5.15pm

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