Sabine van Rensburg and Brin Schoellkopf: The Faces Behind 7 Fingers' New Creation: "PASSAGERS" (Opening in Boston on 9/25/2019)

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About Our Guests

Sabine van Rensburg (@circusbean) and Brin Schoellkopf (@brin_schoellkopf) are two circus artists currently working in the show Passagers from 7 Fingers.

We met these two talented young artists through the artistic director of Passagers from 7 Fingers, Shana Caroll, who appeared in an earlier episode of Feisworld. Passagers (or Passengers in English) is opening in Boston on September 25th, 2019 and leaving the city on October 13th, 2019. Make sure to check out the show with your friends and family! Learn more >> 

Darren DeLuca, a public relationship consult at Arts Emerson, helped connect us with Sabine and Brin. I interviewed them both inside the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Sabine, originally from South Africa, is an aerial silk artist. Her parents founded a circus school where she learned to perform as a circus artist, the rest is history. Sabine embraced the opportunity before enrolling in the Montreal Circus School. Soon after graduation, she found herself busy working for 7 Fingers. 

Brin was born and raised in Vermont, a jack of all trades type of Circus artist, he’s got a few impressive skills under his belt. He also works as a visual artist and videographer to promote other artists like himself.

What is “Passengers” about?

Departure vs. transit vs. arrival. Chance vs. choice vs. destiny. Stillness vs. acceleration. Reflection vs. transparency. Familiar vs. foreign. Private vs. public. Confinement vs. border-crossing. Bright headlights vs. tunnel-darkness. Past vs. future…

Our fascination with trains is both a nostalgic one — dreams of another era, another land — and a symbolic one: life happens along this track of sorts, twisting and turning through valleys and plains. We speed through lands all the while staring out the window, at the reflection of our very own eyes superimposed upon the shifting landscape. Tearful goodbyes, anticipatory reunions. Fateful encounters inside the cabin. A community of strangers with one thing in common: we all have somewhere to go. Our reasons for leaving may differ but we are joined in a moment of suspended limbo between two lives, as we say goodbye to one and prepare for another.

Interview with director Shana Carroll

The National Circus School in Montreal has prepared generations of artists for a very high level of achievement. Sabine and Brin share their schooling experience studying as college students inside this unique institution that is unlike any other college experience you’ve heard.

In this episode, we give you the insider’s view into the life of young circus artists, the relationships they built, how they navigate work, life, travel and beyond.

Special thanks to ArtsEmerson, Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre dedicated to engaging all communities through stories that reveal and deepen our connection to each other. 

Show Notes

[05:00] Please tell us a bit about your origin stories - where did you grow up and how did you find your way to the circus?

[07:00] What was your experience studying at the National Circus School in Montreal?

[08:00] What was it like to move on your own and start working professionally after school?

[09:00] Circus school is so intense, what was it like in the first 6 months of moving and immigrating to another country?

[11:00] Brin, how did it feel to move from Vermont to a place where the circus is everywhere, constantly?
[13:00] How did you handle going to school/taking courses while after the whole day of physical training?

[17:00] How was the transition to performing in your first show? How well prepared did you feel you were?

[20:00] Can you share about your experience working with Shana Carroll?

[25:00] What’s the most interesting aspect of 7 Fingers to you?

[26:00] Did your experience at 7 Fingers change your perspective about success and fulfillment, and how?

[27:00] What are your specialties/techniques within the show?

[30:00] How does it feel when you hear the audience’s applause after the show and when people talk about your work? 

[32:00] How did you guys find your favorite specialty/discipline?

[34:00] Can you share a few words about the current show you are performing in Boston and its plot?


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