What do you get when you combine circus acts with art?

Posted by: Hannah Sanders
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Liliana Robins gave Vibe an insight into her unusual work

Liliana Robins’ childhood consisted of travelling tent shows with her circus performing dad, Micky Bimble - and now, she brings to life her artwork through circus acts.


As part of her degree, Liliana investigated the relationship between circus performance and visual art, unifying them in unexpected and non-traditional spaces, like Victoria Works.


“During my teenage years, I wanted to find my own path, and I’ve always been interested in the visual arts,” she says.


“I focused on the movement of the body, and was inspired by Jackson Pollock , as the process in how he creates his art is amazing [a unique style of drip painting]. I wanted to focus on how something is made, rather than the end product, and was led unexpectedly back towards the circus.”


Liliana collaborates with circus performers, including her dad and friend Laura Cork, to explore the relationship between the circus and art.


“I explore the boundaries of circus performing, looking at the areas where it crosses over with art.


"Incorporating circus movement with art, and presenting it in a gallery space, means a different audience is seeing it, and hopefully changing their perception of it. Showing the circus in an artistic sense means that circus performers and audiences can see the art behind the skills.


"My most recent work is titled 'Sweet', which is a collaborative piece with my dad. He was on his cyr wheel and through his movements created unusual patterns in sugar, which we spread across the floor.  


“This piece was also inspired by the slave trade, and through the choreography [watch the creation of Sweet below] you can see this. It doesn’t shout it out to the audience, but gives them a more subtle, underlying message.”


Sweet (2017) from Liliana Robins on Vimeo.


Another of Liliana's impressive pieces is titled 'Happening', which was created with Laura Cork on an aerial hoop. Liliana sat high above Laura and threw paint down onto the moving hoop, which created some stunning patterns.


“I think it’s important to combine the circus with the arts, as a lot of people automatically think of clowns with red noses. Growing up with the circus I was very aware that it wasn’t that at all. And I really wanted to present that to a wider audience.”



Happening (2016) from Liliana Robins on Vimeo.


View more of Liliana’s work, here.