I arrived in Melbourne yesterday at lunchtime (Wednesday 9 Oct) and has settled in at the Greenhouse Backpacker on Little Flinders St. This backpacker hostel is central to everywhere. The room is simple Quad Female room and the ladies that I share with are lovely.
This morning I visited National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and I am pretty much impressed with their facility. It is massive and had everything that you would ask for. Reminds me of gymnastics hall in my hometown, Rockhampton.
I had a 30 minutes meeting with Sarah to talk about the courses they offer. The downside is that they don’t provide specialised courses. Only 1 week intensive course in April and July, Certificate III and IV in Circus Arts and Bachelor of Circus Arts. I am not too keen on doing bachelor as I have spent 8 years studying at Griffith University (Bachelor and Masters) and I am in the process of organising my PhD topic with QUT for next year. I will keep looking into residency program here in Australia and in UK.
Seeing their facility has made me want to look for a space of my own to continue training and do some devised acting. A creative space for creative outlet. Where I am living currently is not suitable to hang my traplyra. I could beg my landlord to build a 5m tall shed … I can only keep dreaming. 🙂
Tomorrow, I will be attending the Deaf Professional Network Breakfast as part of WFDYS event and possibly attend the social event in the evening at Prahran Hotel.
On Monday, I am meeting a stakeholder for coffee and meeting and then head to Footscray for Dance and Drama workshop which is being run by Deaf Arts Network.
Then on Tuesday, I will be meeting the stakeholders at Arts Access Victoria to discuss the direction of Deaf Arts Queensland.
Wednesday is the day I fly to Sydney for World Federation of the Deaf Conference and I am really looking forward to meeting many people there.
Exciting time ahead.