REVIEW: CIRCUS ARTS AUSTRALIA
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You know when you do something out of the ordinary, and once you completed that thing you say to yourself “I can’t believe i just did that” Well, Circus Arts is all about that exact feeling. On a recent trip up the Australian North Coast the Wanderlife team were invited to come check out a very special place in this most special town, Byron Bay.
Circus Arts is a center for performers & acrobats, which offers classes to teach the art of the flying trapeze. Featuring a 10m high flying trapeze setup, it’s not for the faint hearted. Some of us were more excited than others when we first laid eyes on the installation and saw the first candidates soaring through the sky, performing backflips and hair raising stunts high above the ground. Naturally it’s a safe affair, with safety netting and a friendly instructor holding you up with a safety rope, but tell your brain that.
We started the afternoon session with a short briefing and overview of what we’d be getting up to today. Hearing that by the end of the session we’d be flying through the air, swinging by our legs from a bar, to then release it and be caught by another person swinging our way was news to us, but an exciting and scary prospect.
In all we each got to jump over 5 times, working our way up to the main event, where we’d perform the upside down swing (a little hard to describe with words, but the photos captured it perfectly) and finish off by being caught by one of the other instructors, swinging in time on another bar at the other end of the tent. It was an incredible experience, that we didn’t all pull of perfectly, but were definitely so stoked to have experienced.