Oh Fashion Week, how you’ve crept up on me again, and also while I was on a working vacation with my family (aka busy!). Every year, the same thing, too many shows, not enough time. Cue Youtube and Style.com!
Regardless, while I watched some great shows, I also thought about the world of circus and creativity. Like fashion, the history of circus has a vast story to it, so there’s always some sort of inspiration to pluck from, weather it be the simplicity of juggling, or the complexity of combining multiple disciplines like Icarian Games and Water Meteors, or rollerblading and tissu, or trapeze and cyr wheel while balancing a car on your nose (ok ok, so that one hasn’t been invented yet, someone try it and get back to me).
Needless to say, we’ve seen the inspirations repeated time and time again, and while I watch fashion shows I’m amazed by how someone can take the simplicity of a style of dress from a past decade and make it completely new, innovative, and progressive. This is the sign of a great mind. The best part is when I see this come from a circus act. I become so captivated by new ideas, movements, and forward thinking performances.
I ask myself this question all the time. How can I get from movement A to B, without using a straight line? That is to say, how can I get from A to B by surprising the audience, making them think, and showing them something they’ve never seen before. Run away from the obvious. That being said, I also am a stickler for simplicity and comprehension… so it’s important to remain focused on your intention. When an act becomes something like watching a movie, where the whole apparatus becomes invisible, and all you can see is the performer, being completely and utterly lost in intention, that is when the magic happens. Never stop searching for that.
Simplicity is sometimes the most difficult. Never stop researching.
Dive in. Step back. Dive in. Step back.