LEXICON blog: Snow on Tent in Stoke on Trent

By Luc

published Monday 5 March, 2018

Like everyone else we also got hit hard by the wind and snow this week. Team Lexicon had to make sure all the tents are safe and will manage the weather conditions. We had to alter some of the tents, had to take down some of the structures, but we all survived it with some ''not so funny now, but will be in a couple of years'' circus shenanigans.

Our funniest (not so funny now) story is, that our water supply completely froze. This wouldn't be that bad, with no showers, no toilets, but there is no water for TEA!!! Outrageous!
We have been travelling up to the New Vic Theatre who invited us for their showering facilities, and they have been amazing looking after us with cakes and beverages.
One night, the police had to come out to us, because one of our water pipes exploded and there was an epic water fountain that was so high it was gushing onto the road next to us, so they had to secure the area, while the road surface was cleared up. Tom our amazing artistic director, risked his beautiful beard by facing (literally) the strong water pressure, and successfully trying to turn of the water. Not to say, He did end up with icicles on his hair, beard… nose… chin… eyelashes. Its ok, he loved it really!
Other than fighting the cold and having trouble with the water. We have been warm in our tent, rehearsing with our director, Firenza Guidi. This week we have developed some new and exciting elements, using all of the tent. On stage, off stage, above, under and beyond.
Our performers have been developing, exploring and experimenting the already researched acts, looking for more ways to their creative work.
This week we will also give you a short interview with the fantastic Blaze Tarsha:
Jani: Hi, Who are you?
Blaze: Hi, I'm Blaze (both laughing)
Jani: How old are you Blaze?
Blaze: I'm 27, yeah I'm getting old now…
Jani: What is your role in the company?
Blaze: I am the touring Costume Mistress, which means I will be assisting Rhi Matthews on making the costumes for Lexicon and then I will be also going on tour, following the show, maintaining the costumes, and also performing in the show.
(Blaze is sewing)
Jani: You're an amazing aerialist, why costumes then?
Blaze: (laughing) I always had passion for theatre costumes and fashion. When I first encountered NoFit State, many years ago, I was always hanging out with Rhi in the wardrobe, that was kind of like my second home. So I’ve always been in the wardrobe really. I love fashion, and I’m hoping to study from next year and develop my skills focusing more on costumes rather than performing. This is an amazing opportunity that I got from the company because I can still perform and maintain my aerial skills, but also really focus on mastering all the skills with my machine and building my portfolio.
Jani: How and where did you learn your circus skills?  (Blaze is sewing again)
Blaze: I went to study at Circomedia, did their BTEC diploma, which was great because it covered all aspects of performing arts, not just circus and I always had a keen interest in the arts. It was a great boost for me because I've realised circus is not just about circus skills, but you can allow your other sides of creativity to bloom as well, and circus just happens to be a part of it.

Jani: What inspires you?
Blaze: I'm inspired by people that are constantly evolving and taking risks, in circus, dance, theatre and life!
Jani: What do you do in your free time?
Blaze: My free time? Sometimes I have free time… (laughs) hmm…. (sews) I love to draw, and make fashion scratches or just listen to lots of crazy music. I'm really into afro beat at the moment, and that's on my list to collect some cool music and become the tour DJ for our crew parties. (laughs)
Jani: What do you think about celebrating the 250 years of circus?
Blaze: It's amazing! It's great to hear about all these inspirational historical people. Like Philip Astley, and being in Newcastle Under Lyme and learning that he was from here and kind of the fact that how versatile circus was back then. For me it is not just about circus because it's never been a big issue that women perform. In circus women represents strength and I found this really-really important in my life. The crew here are mostly women, and it's not a big deal, but amazing that we can celebrate circus and the year of women at the same time. Circus for me is a celebration, a gathering of community and I feel like this could be a big UK circus party. (laughs) Super exciting.
Jani: Ok, Last question. After this interview, someone at the door will give you £1 million, what would you do?
Blaze: (laughing a lot) What would I do? I probably would create my little hub. Like circus-fashion-café and just get all my friends to come and train and eat and just have a lovely time and enjoy life.
Pictures by Jani Nightchild and Sam Eccles
Written by Jani Nightchild