Gemima Jones is a quirky Melbourne-based contortionist, unwelcome at most parties due to a tendency to pour drinks with her feet.
In 2016, abandoning a promising career in Journalism, she fled to Queensland to join Ashton’s Circus as a professional human oddity; she has been upside-down, inside-out and looking backwards ever since.
Gemima Jones now works as a multi-disciplinary circus artist performing at cabaret shows, high-end corporate events, and circuses Australia-wide.
When she’s not busy being a professional pretzel, you’ll catch her competing in national competitions like Australian Ninja Warrior and the Australian Circus Festival.
Email — firstname.lastname@example.org
IG — @gemimajones_
Website coming soon.
I met Ira at the 2017 Australian Circus Festival, after premiering my contortion act & placing 3rd in the professional division.
You are an absolute clown, he said.
I didn’t understand it at the time, but those words changed the course of my artistic practice; Ira gave me licence to further explore my unconventional approach to the very traditional discipline in which I was formally trained.
I later attended Ira’s workshops in Canberra & Sydney, where we identified my comfort zone & brusquely shoved me out of it.
Ira’s method is efficient in achieving its purpose & practical in execution. The exercises are given with clear intention & logical explanation, which enabled me to incorporate elements of clown into my daily circus training.
Beyond his workshops, Ira is a wise mentor & generous giver of time, knowledge, and expertise. He has shown me how to pull richness from a simple body in a space—no props, music, or sparkles required; for all performers, this is universally useful.