Violet Defiant

is creating circus art, circus instruction, true stories, snail mail zines
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Consent Games for Circus
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Get a paper copy of my zine Consent Games for Circus in the mail! Hold each new issue in your hands and share these original consent games with your circus students, consent educator circle, or beloved friends.

Behind-the-scenes blog
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Peek behind the scenes of a prominent U.S. circus school. This tier grants you access to the secret entries in my Patron-only behind-the-scenes blog. Be the first to learn what it's like to move between being a college writing professor and circus student and performer. Learn about going to circus school: from applying to auditioning, training to performing.

Creative Spark
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Need a spark of inspiration for your creative process and artistic career?  This tier grants you access to the secret entries in my Patron-only blog. Find out how I invent ideas for writing and circus acts. Learn creative exercises for creating new work. Uncover well-guarded circus industry tips.




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About Violet Defiant

Welcome to the Patreon of Violet Defiant! I am a contemporary circus artist, creative nonfiction writer, and zinester based in Lansing, Michigan and Brattleboro, Vermont.

Backstory: I started taking recreational circus classes in 2008, after a lifetime of competitive gymnastics and diving training. I saw a picture of a woman on the static trapeze on Facebook and said, "I have to do that." Soon I fell in love with the artistic inventiveness of contemporary circus. Circus arts helped me lace together my present work as a lyric essayist and writing teacher with my past work as a high level acrobat. What I do now is acrobatic and lyric storytelling: high-level technique, grounded with a narrative line that lets audiences connect with the moments that make us human.

Present dreams: In 2019, I auditioned and was accepted to attend circus school in the Pro-Track program at the New England Center for Circus Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont. Temporarily leaving my beloved, local circus community (where I perform circus shows regularly and teach 7 weekly classes at the Ann Arbor Aviary and Polistic Fitness) means giving up a big part of my income. I know that the time is now to follow my dreams of pursuing higher-level circus training so that I can perform in and produce more artistically and athletically innovative circus shows. 

NECCA tuition is $10,000 a year. This Patreon is made for anyone who wants to contribute to helping me create a vibrant and sustainable artistic life while in school. Here's how it works:

  • Patrons who pledge $10 a month gain access to my Patron-only behind-the-scenes feed, where you will find behind-the-scenes blog posts about my circus school journey and musings on my artistic life and process.
  • Patrons who pledge $20 a month gain access to my Patron-only creative spark feed, where you will find insider tips on body maintenance, conditioning, maintaining artistic inspiration, and creating a sustainable life as a working artist or hobbyist.
  • Patrons who pledge other monthly amounts will unlock specific rewards. Order my zine "Consent Games for Circus." Buy handstand tutorials. Get a monthly flexibility grid, focused on your goals (from functional flexibility to active flexibility for contortion). Arrange monthly check ins for accountability or to troubleshoot specific circus problems with static trapeze, hand balancing, flexibility, and act creation.

This page inspires me to create artistic content and encourages my friends and fans to support the creation phase of a new circus project. Thank you for sustaining my practice!
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