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Art & Life with Tosca Rivola

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tosca Rivola.

Tosca, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Well I moved from Prague to Los Angeles at the age of 18. I studied fine arts and then made a radical jump to performance art, and I think that’s where my journey really began. As much as I value the fine arts community, it felt really closed off and esoteric as opposed to performance art and the community that surrounds it. I began training cyr wheel, and eventually competed in the Wheel Gymnastics World Championships and took a couple of international residencies. Now I am focused on my own monthly show in Los Angeles that features some of LA’s best movement talent. It took a lot of energy, courage, and resources to go from being responsible for a single act to an entire production, but it has taught lessons I never thought I needed to learn!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is cyr wheel. The apparatus itself is a life-sized steel wheel that the acrobat brings into motion by using various movements and poses. I would say it’s one of the harder apparatuses to learn and perfect – and is still relatively unknown outside of the cirque community. My skills are strong, but I see people taking cyr wheel to inspiring new levels every day, which inspires me to press on and always learn more. In the movement community, I am probably best known for the combination of this apparatus with the art of burlesque. I am very passionate about costuming and costume design (although no professional). I love experimenting with how garments look like in motion and the super annoying process of combining extreme sport with couture fashion haha.

I have recently expanded out past my own personal act into creating an entire production. My new show concept TARANTINA has been running for a couple of months now in LA with very decent success – which I am extremely grateful for. The show brings to life the femme fatales of Tarantino films. I’ve always admired the outlaw woman and feel like these characters pair so well with different movement disciplines like acrobatics, dance, burlesque and martial arts of course. It’s a night I curate once a month on Sunset Boulevard featuring all of my talented friends, and I take pride in the fact that every detail leans toward the grindhouse theme!

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Try for things that have never been made before! Of course, it is hard to make something completely original – but at least give an existing idea a new spin or take. I’m all for referencing existing works, homages or nods, but I feel like going against the grain or going out on a limb is always generously rewarded!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The best place to come see my work is by coming to see my show, TARANTINA. It plays once a month on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park at a vibey joint called Club Bahia! There you can see my personal act in action, as well as a bunch of other ladies totally slaying it! If you like film, performance art, dance, cirque, fashion and/or the danger of live show, come pay the cast and I a visit. We promise you’ll leave thrilled!

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Photographers: Elena Kulikova, Richard Marz

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