THROUGH THE CRACKS: Nick Delatovic

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CTF: Why do you make experimental performance?

For me the really satisfying thing about making art for a long time is that you realise that all of the conventions and divisions are just things we made up. The only barrier to making up completely new forms and rules is that it takes time and the first few versions might suck and people might not get it. Experimental art is the arena where that’s not just okay, but actually the entire deal. As far as my own practice I’m pretty obsessed with the idea of Ordeal as the center of artworks. I like to see artists work under punishing and restrictive conditions and I like to demand the same thing of myself as an artist. This show might be the logical conclusion of that.

CTF: Tell us about your first encounter with wrestling?

I was dragged to my first wrestling class by a friend back in 2004. It was in a tiny room in a suburban community centre. I was very unfit and had no reference for what was going on. I was pretty scared the whole time, the teacher spoke very little English. After a punishingly long warm-up I had to practice moves touching bodies with a stranger in slow motion. At the end we did some proper wrestling and I wasn’t able to even nearly do any of it properly. I walked out that night knowing that I was going to be wrestling for the rest of my life.

CTF: A highlight of developing and/or performing this work so far?

Doing a week of development workshops with the wonderful Sydney Silverbacks (Sydney’s LGTBIQ wrestling club) was a complete delight and made me realise that this show has potential to be so much more than just my story.

CTF: What are three words/phrases that describe your body of work?

Brash, Embodied, Song-Like?

CTF: What can audiences expect?

First and foremost they can expect live-for-real wrestling. They can expect to leave the show understanding some real and fundamental thing about this activity I’ve dedicated my life to. Most of all they can expect to have to examine the things in their own life that they toil and chip away at with no promise of return, and the reasons why.

CTF: Have you been to Crack Theatre Festival before? Is there a little pearl of a memory you can share with us that marks that experience as distinctly CTF?

I’ve been to Crack a bunch of times as both artist and audience. My favourite memory is of doing the first ever performance of my sci-fi cabaret show Bomb Collar in a dusty storeroom full of empty cardboard boxes and pigeon feathers (I’d asked for the dingiest space they could find and they didn’t disappoint). The long breathless moment when the huge stacked wall of boxes almost toppled and fell on the audience is maybe the best moment of any of my performances to date.