We caught up with Cassiana Pratt, Chair, to find out a little bit about the Cirque Du Met society, who are performing at an event at The Union this week.
Tell us a little bit about Cirque Du Met. Why did you decide to start the society?
I was inspired by a friend of mine who was amazing at hooping, and then I went to a fire jam and started playing with fire, once you play with fire you never really look back! In Brighton there are many groups that practice circus skills, and at Sussex University there is a circus society. When I moved to Manchester, I saw there were no societies to practice at MMU, so I wanted to create one for people of every ability to have a go at circus skills.
What activities do you practice?
We practice Poi, Acro Yoga, Hooping, Diablo and anything anyone would like to try. It's a very good work out and it's very active, some skills more than others. We are pretty young at the moment and we just meet once a week to practice, but we like to go to the Manchester Fire Jam.
What activities and events have you got planned for this year?
We’ve got fire jams, circus performances from the two circus houses in Manchester and workshops planned. We also have an event, which some people from the society are performing at on Thursday 9 March at The Union – Cirque Du Man Met. The event starts at 22:00 – it’s organised by Toxic Events and there are prizes to be won in the raffle, performances, DJs and drinks. We are also open to suggestions for society events, so if anyone has any ideas get in touch!
Finally, what would you say to those interested in joining Cirque Du Met?
Everyone is unique so there isn't a 'most difficult' circus skill to master, it's more who can pick up which skills. Practice makes perfect. Try everything and see what works best for you, you can often surprise yourself. If you have ever wanted to practice something different, meet new people and have some fun, come along – it's completely free to join!
Visit the Cirque Du Met webpage to find out more and join.