Worldwide Brazilian phenomenon, Circus Rio, has landed in Dubbo for the first time in its history as part of the circus' first-ever Australian tour.
Circus Rio was initiated in Brazil and features a tribe of Samba Dancers, Aerialists, FMX Bikes, Ballet Dancers, Acrobats and more.
Circus Rio performers, Clown and Aerobatic specialist Will Junior and Juggler Rogerio Piva, spoke to the Daily Liberal about what their lives are like being part of a circus.
Will and Rogerio come from similar walks of life which separately lead them both into the world of performance.
But the duo's outlook on life itself and living within a circus couldn't be more different.
Both performers have been performing in various circus' for sixteen years, but this is their first time working together.
The men sat down and answered some questions; what is it like living in a circus? Find out.
Q: How did you end up in the circus industry?
A: Rogerio- "In Brazil a lot of kids who are struggling in life, maybe getting up to no good, are encouraged to get involved with community projects (street performances).
You join in on the project and it gives you something to feel a part of."
Q: How long do you spend touring with the circus and do you ever miss your friends and family back home in Brazil?
A: Will- "I spend so much time with the people here they have become my family. My brother is also a performing for Circus Rio, and a lot of my friends are too, so that makes it easier."
Rogerio- "I like travelling alone, spending time on my own. I miss the country (Brazil) and some of my friends but travelling is important to me in order for me to grow as a person."
Q: What country has been your favourite to tour?
A: Will- "Turkey."
Rogerio- "Turkey. The country is beautiful but the people there are just so nice and generous."
Q: (To Will) Being a clown, is it different in each country as to what the audience finds funny and is that ever challenging for you?
A: Will- "Every City is different," he laughed.
"We have a routine, but it changes depending on the audience's reaction. You have to be able to read them and kind of improvise."
Q: How do you amp yourself up for a performance on those days where you may not be feeling happy or energetic?
A: Rogerio- "Everyone has bad days at work but the second you're out there in front of everyone your mood changes. You form a connection with the audience and their energy gives us energy."
Q: Do you see yourself being part of a circus continuing into the future.
A: Will- "Yes. A hundred percent. I love it."
Rogerio- "No. I'd like to do more community based performing with less commercialing. I want to be able to inspire people and connect with them without all the expenses."
Q: What is your favourite thing about when you get to perform?
A: Will- "The reaction of the crowd. It's amazing.
Rogerio- "There's nothing like it in the world. It's the best feeling."
Q: Do you ever get nervous to perform?
A: Will- "No, you might get nervous for a second but that all goes away the minute you get out there and the adrenaline kicks in."
Rogerio- "No, I don't get nervous."
Q: What talents are you required to have to be part of a circus?
A: Will- "We call it the Circus kit, but everyone needs to know aerobics, how to juggle and how to be an aerialist."