Matthew Smith is a circus artist who was born and bred in Tottenham, North London.
Currently for ENO: Orpheus the Hero The Mask of Orpheus
He writes: ‘Tottenham didn’t really have much awareness or give much opportunity to do any sort of productive activities, but the circus came calling out to me when the Chinese State Circus visited. It was a destined day for me; seeing those amazing artists inspired me no end and since then martial arts, tumbling, handstands and anything spectacular has been the focal point of my life. I believe that the physical art is alive and its influence has no bounds, so I’m always aiming to improve my skills as I deepen my understanding of the world and its art so that I too can influence people.’
Last updated: 20th September 2019