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Some may know her as Aline Chapet–Batlle or A Line In The Air, but there’s no denying that the French circus artist is reinventing Perth’s contemporary circus scene. With most of our circus experiences being during the annual Fringe World season, Aline is turning things up a notch with her mission to bring mesmerizing circus shows to Perth all year round.
Having recently founded her entertainment company CAJ Entertainment in Perth, Aline has been in the process of producing the second edition of her new open-stage circus show, Exhibit #2 – which excitingly takes place this Saturday evening (11 July)!
While she sometimes performs in Exhibit, Aline’s focus has been on finding performers and organising, marketing and promoting the event itself. With a variety of local circus performers showcased in a relaxed open-stage environment, the event will host performers such as Leighton Beanland, Brenna Day, Isobel Lyall, Jeromy Zwick and Lewis Yost, with Aline herself as the MC. Best of all, the artists will be presenting their new ideas or works as they welcome the audience’s feedback!
As a woman of many talents, we just had to find out more about Aline’s vision:
Tell us about the reception of your first Exhibit event in March! We’d love to hear your thoughts around it.
After the first Exhibit event, we got a lot of great feedback from the audience. Many were surprised by the quality of the acts and all loved the relaxed and laidback atmosphere. We did have some criticism because our sound tech wasn’t completely on point. but we’ve made all the changes necessary so it won’t happen again for Exhibit #2!
As someone who fell in love with Perth and moved here 6 years ago, what are your favourite things about our city that caught your eye?
Would you say there are many differences between the circus community and culture in Perth compared to France, and how it is enjoyed?
I’d say the main difference in the circus culture is that in France, the circus community is a lot more present. Traditional circuses tour all the time and there are a lot of contemporary circus companies. The latest numbers are around 450 circus companies registered in France, which is huge!
Almost every object in your life starts with a sketch or drawing, and I use that same approach when I think about circus. What is my body designing in the space? Is it sharp? Is it round? What does it express? I also try to be very conscious about storytelling and sharing feelings on stage to connect with the audience. They might not tell themselves the same story, but I’m taking them on a journey regardless.
We love that you are trying to promote high-quality circus while supporting other art mediums, all with an affordable ticket price. What messages do you aim to convey in your shows?
I just want people to see that circus is for absolutely everyone. As an audience member, you will see high-level athletes telling stories. As a student in a circus school, we don’t care about your body type, gender, sexual orientation, age or colour… We just want you to enjoy moving your body and training while nurturing your creative mind. At the end of the day, my main message is that all humans and creatives are interconnected and that opening yourself to the new and the different is the best way to create growth and awareness about the world.