Camille Tremblay began her career in rhythmic gymnastics and changed to circus 10 years later. She tells us about her passion for artistry and her two participations at the Young Stage Festival in a detailed interview here.
How long have you been a performer and how did you get into circus? When did you decide to become a professional performer?
I have been a performer for 9 years now. Time goes by really quickly! I started circus right after doing rhythmic gymnastics for 10 years. It was a great way to stay active and creative at the time. Slowly, it really became a passion, a dream and a career. I never really «decided» that I wanted to be a professional performer. For me it was more of an organic path leading me this. I love when things fall in place without necessarily having to plan of choosing much. I really believe that organic choices guided by your own personal wishes will bring you where you need to be!
You participated twice at the festival, how old were you at that time?
I was 22 the first time, and 26 the second tim! 🙂
What memories do you have of your festival participation? How did it develop between your participations?
It takes time to be comfortable performing in different venues every night, if you are performing many special events by example. I personally love staying a few months at the same place, to get to know the place and the people better. Nadja and the whole team organizing Young Stage did a particular and really incredible job welcoming us in Basel in the first place. But I have to say that the comfort doubled on the second time! As we knew the people already, we knew what to expect and how to be prepared for the event.
What has been happening since then and how have you been developing?
Since my first and second attendance to the festival, I gained a lot of professional experience. Clearly the festival helped us getting «on the map» in the first place, and we then had the chance to take advantage of this and performed in an impressive variety of venues, shows and events. That, as a duo, helped us a lot getting more experience and wanting to get more creative. That is what took us further in our duo projects and made us work on a new act with a new discipline; aerial silk loop duo. This is the act we presented on our second attendance to the festival.
We saw you give very successful and professional online handstand classes/teaching. How did that come and what is your motivation for that?
I think in general I have a lot of motivation! That being said, I didn’t need any «additional motivation» to start a project such as my online handstand classes business. Once again, it was a really organic path and it made a lot of sense to put energy in that direction once the worldwide pandemic was declared and lasted for longer than expected. I realized, I really have a sense for business, although I always tough I was more of a follower. The crises made me realize it and I’m glad for it. I am proud of the business I’ve built in the past few months, but I’m even more proud of all my students and their amazing upside-down progression!
Is this your most important project at the moment or is there also something else?
At the moment, this project is taking most of my time. There are still a lot of things to fix, to get better and to develop. It’s the first time that I offer a «service» and I’m still adapting to this. How to get every client to be fully satisfied with the product and how to offer them a great costumer service. It’s getting better and easier every day. Beside this, of course I am still training, performing when it’s possible and studying Human Resources for an eventual half time job in addition to the coaching one I have now.
How do you deal with the current situation and how did it affect your planning when the pandemic became real for you? Were you working, creating, touring, what were your actual plans?
I was in Germany on March 13th when everything stopped for a moment. It took me, and everyone I think, a moment to understand what was going on and what was the best things to do. I quickly decided to go back home and concentrate on letting behind the 4 months contract we supposed to do in Germany and the summer contract I had in Quebec City with Flip Fabrique. That one, the summer gig with Flip Fabrique was a hard one to let go. I was really looking forward to perform solo hand balancing and being the main character for that show. Luckily, another opportunity came in with that same company a little later on, and I had the chance to create a «covid-proofed» show with Flip Fabrique. The show toured a little last summer and hopefully can tour again next summer. My hope and motivation all stands for that specific project, I have to say!
How do you keep fit at the moment? Physically, but also mentally.
Physically, I train a lot my handstands at home. As for training aerials, we are really lucky to have access to free studios such as Éloize and the 7 fingers office to train and create (in Montreal). That is really appreciated. Mentally, my students give me a lot of motivation and watching them training is a really good daily reminder of how much I also love training.
We saw you were/are also one of the lucky ones who performed a little bit during the pandemic. How was it to create and work again towards a show and then how was the feeling to be on stage again?
It was amazing!!! We were so lucky to perform and create in pandemic time. We were aware of the chance we had every day. I am still so thankful about it! I only wish everyone else had the same chance.
What do you expect this year? Do you have any special goals?
Funny that this question comes up as I just finished my «2021 goal list»! I wish a lot more shows for all the circus and entertainment industry. I wish everyone a safe and healthy return on stage. I wish, for myself, to come back strong mentally and don’t underestimate my capacity although it’s been a long pause since I’ve performed regularly. Managing an online business is not the same amount of adrenaline than being on stage every evening. I miss the adrenaline, but I also enjoy the «stress-free» environment of my life style at the moment. I’m working on translation the same environment and self-confidence on and off stage.
How many countries have you travelled to as a performer and how many shows have you played so far?
It is hard to say but I guess more than 15 countries and I believe over a 1000 shows! I am not really sure about those statistics, though.
Thank you very much for your time Camille! We wish you all the very best for your future plans!