On the Couch with Jarred Dewey

Jarrad DeweyWho is Jarred Dewey?
An acrobat at Circa, who adores art, critical theory, the German language and cats.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
I would be a florist.

Who inspires you and why?
As tired and clichéd as it sounds, I’m inspired by a whole range of misfits and artists ranging from Frida Kahlo to RuPaul to Shannon McFarland (fictional character from Invisible Monsters). I’m drawn to individuals who don’t neatly fit into any binary and extend and colour our existence.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Simply make all forms of education and healthcare available to all.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Summertime in Berlin. Bikes, flea markets, and Spritzkuchen. She’s a gorgeous city with a fantastic bubbling underground.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take then to, and why?
Jungle Juice for Bagel’s, Hares and Hyenas for books and coffee and NGV for adventure.

What are you currently reading?
Currently only 100 pages deep in Annabel by Kathleen Winter and already highly recommend it.

What are you currently listening to?
I’m currently obsessed with the new full-length album The Thieves are Babes by Dear Plastic – a local Melbourne band.

Happiness is?
Oxford defines it as: the state of being happy.

What does the future hold for you?
Unsure but excited.

Jarred Dewey is an Adelaide born acrobat hailing from the much misunderstood northern suburbs. He began training in Circus at the age of 13 with Adelaide based youth Circus, Cirkidz, and later, relocating to Melbourne to study full-time at the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA), where he specialized in contortion, handstands and swinging trapeze. He is currently an ensemble member with Circa – touring nationally and internationally.

Jarred will be performing in Opus – a Melbourne Festival co-commission with Circa and the Debussy String Quartet: 17 – 19 October 2014. For more information, visit: www.melbournefestival.com.au for details.

Image: Jarred Dewey