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Neisha Murphy

MERRIGONGX 2020 Artist Profile


Neisha Murphy is a vibrant director and variety entertainer who has spent the last 19 years of her life dedicated to performance. She graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and holds a Diploma of Circus Arts from New Zealand. Her performance style blends a unique mix of physical bravado and character vulnerability, and she endeavours to make her work entertaining, fun, gut-wrenching and completely unforgettable.

Artist Statement

ChaChi is a show about the journey of a baby girl growing up into the performer she was destined to become. She is surrounded and influenced by a group of circus misfits who also happen to be her chosen family. It mixes storytelling, gender, contemporary circus feats and daredevil stunts with vaudevillian comedy. It has a strong emphasis on the experimental, visual nature of set structures weaved with physical performance and contains a gallery of diverse and eccentric characters.

The push for me to begin developing this idea was a friend passing away and seeing the circus community come together to support each other. I began to look closer at this amazingly diverse group of individuals and took inspiration from their uniqueness, strength and compassion.

We each have our own strength and mine is that I am ridiculously interested in the subtleties of relationships. I love intersecting how people and objects connect and how to portray and convey meaning through these choices and actions.

Neisha Murphy

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