I might have mentioned once or twice, or a hundred times, that the Virginia Arts Festival has something for everyone.
In the next couple months, you can see everything from Itzhak Perlman on April 13 at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach to the world premiere of Kept, an operatic ghost story on May 25 and May 28 at the Attucks Theater in Norfolk to Sheryl Crow and Bruce Hornsby at the Fun House Fest, June 23 – 25 in Williamsburg.
It all adds up to over 50 performances and events at 34 different venues.
Don’t worry parents; no pants will be coming down. “Pants down” is an Australian expression meaning, “let the good times roll” or “let’s get this party started.”
The four members of the Pants Down Circus might just be living the millennial dream. No cubicles for these four young Aussies. Joshua, Caz, Idris and Hannah travel the world juggling, flying on the trapeze, balancing on the rolla bolla, spinning in wheels, and a whole lot more, all to great 80’s rock. Pants Down Circus is “part circus, part rock concert.” You will experience “AC/DC and acrobatics, Bon Jovi and back flips.”
These millennial are well educated in their craft. They met at the National Institute of Circus Acts. Yes, that is a real school. They all have their B.C.A. – Bachelor of Circus Arts. Caz Welsh was awarded “most outstanding student” at NICA and has additional degrees in Film, Television and Theater. She was a gymnast as a child. She knew she wanted to perform when she grew up. She wasn’t the best actress at Theater School but found that the circus arts were the perfect combination of using her gymnastic skills and her body to “tell a story.”
“It’s an amazing job,” Caz says. “We get to meet so many wonderful people and see so many interesting parts of the world.”
Caz is also a “human skipping rope” in a bit they like to call “toss the girl.” It’s an old vaudeville act they have recreated to the sounds of Metellica.
“We want the audience to feel like they are right in the middle of a rock concert that happens to be a circus act,” Caz says. “It’s all about having fun.”