Story by Lauren Grounsell, courtesy of the Range News.
WITH graceful beauty, performers entwine their bodies around silks in an elegant dance, suspended high above the ground. Without fear, they seamlessly transition from movement to movement, using supple strength to appear weightless.
Cindy Schwenn has been teaching circus aerials through her business, Sylph Circus, for the past three years. Through hard work and a determination to succeed, her students have harnessed the magic of performance and their unique talent will be on display at their upcoming performance: The Legend of Mayura. Miss Schwenn fell in love with aerial circus in Scotland when she saw an “amazing circus show” by the group, No Fit State. Full of newfound ambition, she started to learn the art of trapeze. “It’s like a dance in the air,” she said of the aerial stunts. “It requires quite a lot of strength and flexibility; it’s a really beautiful suspended dance. “You have constraints you don’t have dancing on the ground, and that intensifies the creative expression.”
To hone her skills, Miss Schwenn trained in Brisbane with the Vulcana Women’s Circus before moving to Maleny to escape the bustle of the city. There she found people were appreciative of her art and had a willingness to learn, so Sylph Circus was born. Miss Schwenn said “sylph” means “nymph of the air” and as well as improving physical strength, the young students have found confidence within themselves through the classes. “It improves self esteem, self expression and creativity,” she said.
The Legend of Mayura follows the journey of six-year-old Anika Markwort through the land of Mayura. There she helps restore the balance between the old laws and the environmental, social and cultural aspects of their world.
The audience is encouraged to embrace the exotic eastern theme with appropriate dress, with tickets available from the Maleny Community Centre or at the door. With light meals, savouries, beverages and sweet treats available from 6pm, it will be a night to remember.