Daniel Gorski’s latest Fringe show The Vaude-Villainous Mr Gorski showcases his ability as an actor, as well as a circus performer. Throwing elements of vaudeville, circus and tongue-in-cheek humour into the mix, Daniel explains that the show is fun for all ages. We chatted with Daniel about his past as a performer and his plans for the future.
Tell us about your love for circus and vaudeville and how it started.
I was a music theatre kid growing up, I was actually incredibly shy when I was young and had developed a stutter. My parents thought it would be a great way to help me develop my confidence. I think it was during that time that I developed a love of Vaudeville, my heroes were Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner, Dick Van Dyke and Danny Kaye. I was introduced to circus through theatre and was encouraged and welcomed into an amazing community and skill set. Eventually I found my middle ground as a variety/vaudeville character juggler.
How did your studies at CircoArts in New Zealand and the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne shape who you are today?
I was incredibly lucky to have studied at both institutions. CircoArts (unfortunately no longer around) gave me the freedom to explore my own style and NICA gave me strong skills and training that I am continually adding to.
What mischief can Adelaide expect during your Fringe Festival performances?
The readers will have to come and see! The show is a lot of fun to do and I try and make something that all ages can enjoy.
You’ve performed not only in Australia but across the world. What are your fondest memories overseas as a performer?
One of my favourite gigs was in Japan. I remember in the middle of performing and thinking to myself, ‘The audience are just sitting there, watching but not clapping or cheering. Maybe they don’t like what I’m doing.’ When I finished the show they went crazy! The biggest audience response I had ever had. I was later told by the organiser that the audience loved the show and they didn’t want to disturb my concentration.
What are you looking forward to most about the Fringe?
I’m always looking forward to being in the show and sharing the experience with the audience.
Tell us about the direction in which you plan to take The Vaude-Villainous Mr Gorski. Where will you be in five years’ time?
5 years? Wow! I am always perfecting and tweaking my shows. The process never stops. I would love to be touring the show overseas and taking it to larger theatres in Europe and America.
Read more about The Vaude-Villainous Mr Gorski and buy tickets here.
Words by Jordan Leovic