Who’s Upstairs: Jared Musiker

12108256_10156153842715517_1421512609957202476_nJared Musiker created and starred in #Balletmustfall, which had a run at Alexander Upstairs from 7-9 January.

Home town?
Do I have to say this one out loud? Tshwane (AKA Pretoria)

Tell us a little more about your show?
#BalletMustFall was inspired by a not-quite-sober conversation at the Alexander Bar about being frustrated as a dancer. Before I knew it, Asisipho and I were frolicking around the stage during Playthings expressing our frustrations. I had the taste for blood, I had to start a revolution after that, and decided #BalletMustFall would be my first play, something unique combining dance and comedy to push forward what I think is quite a sad message: we are losing our dancers because the industry is out of touch.

And what’s next on the cards for you?
I have a pandora’s box full of works that I think it’s time to unleash upon the world. Some dance, some theatre and some for film. I am very interested in taking physical work out of conventional proscenium arch theatres and into more surprising spaces.

And the project you’re dreaming of?
I dream of creating something which would whip the audience up into a frenzy maybe even a riot, something like the Paris premiere of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps in 1913. Pelt me with rotten fruit!

How did you get into theatre(or music/burlesque/magic/etc)?
This is a tough one to answer. I feel like I was abducted by the arts and I haven’t been able to escape; no one paying a ransom either.

Dinner with any two figures from history: who would you invite and what would you serve them?
I think Sigmund Freud & Elagabalus (naughty roman emperor) would make a scandalous dinner party, there would be so much to discuss. Apart from the litres of wine, I’d serve them racks of ribs, because nothing else can bring out three guys’ savage inner beast quite like sticky ribs!

Favorite spot in Cape Town (besides Alexander Bar, obviously)?
Probably the Gin bar behind Honest Chocolate, because Gin.

What excites you about theatre (or music/burlesque/magic/etc)?
Apart from all the beautiful philosophical reasons that the arts get me going, the foremost reason why I love the theatre is that it’s probably the only place where it is perfectly socially acceptable to show the full extent of my crazy in all its glory.

What mistakes have you made and learned the most from?
I think the biggest mistake that I’m still guilty of is not only selling myself short but continually doings things for ‘exposure.’ Don’t get me wrong, it’s very important to get yourself out there, however you have to realise that you’re time and skill set is valuable. The world is full of vultures who will take advantage. If something doesn’t feel right, or it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it!

Who do you think people should be talking about?
Grant van Ster and Shaun Oelf of Figure of 8 Dance Collective are two guys which I think are creating some incredible Dance work.

Leilah Kirsten is another dancer who has created a platform for professional, semi-professional and advanced students to take class together, share skills and knowledge and meet each other. Cape Town Contemporary classes is practically a networking event for young talent. She also does perform as well but I feel like she deserves a lot more recognition for the work she does.