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Access2Arts are thrilled to welcome Lachlan ‘Loki’ Rickus onto our board as the new Chairperson!
Lachlan (Loki) Rickus has been performing in Adelaide, Australia and internationally for over 20 years, with years of training in Ballet, Circus, Gymnastics, Musical Theatre, performing and working with Cirkidz Youth Circus School.
Since breaking his neck in 2006 in a training accident, Loki has taken back to the stage mixing his genres to create his own Cabaret Identity. Writing and performing in acclaimed shows, Leading Ladies for the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival, 800 Shades of Beige: The Soundtrack to my life and “8” by Loki Rickus, presented by and for Adelaide Feast Festival, William the Great with Bete Du Cirque, FML: The Show, Tom Waits for No Man (Adelaide Cabaret Festival), After Hours Cabaret, Brunswick Picture House Cheeky Cabaret, and The Kaye Hole amongst many others.
We wanted to get to know Loki even better, so we interviewed him, read on below:
A2A: Your background in the arts is extensive – what is one of your favourite career memories?
Loki: One of my career highlights was singing the title song Dream Girls (from Dream Girls) in front of an original broadway cast member and multi-Tony award winner, Lillias White.
A2A: How has your disability/disabilities influenced your artistic practice?
Loki: My disability has led me to combine multi-disciplinary art forms into one expression that never seems to be the same thing every time. Another thing that it has taught me is that my art is not disabled, I am an artist who happens to have a disability.
A2A: Recently, what kind of artistic experiences in South Australia have you enjoyed?
Loki: Due to the pandemic and having to isolate over the last few years due to health concerns, I have not been able to engage with the arts in the same manner as I used to. Using alternate methods of engagement has become key, whether that be online, pre-recorded or other non-conventional ways of attending and supporting the arts.
A2A: Which disabled Australian artists do you admire?
Loki: I grew up in the Australian circus community and before I acquired my disability and afterward multiple artists with a lived experience of disability, including Asphyxia, have been on my admiration list as performance role models. In other art forms, Marc Brew (Dance) is continually upping the game and I admire his dedication and creativity. When it comes to companies working in the space, especially in South Australia, I constantly admire Restless Dance Theatre’s drive, passion, and longevity.
A2A: What are you hoping to accomplish as part of the Access2Arts board?
Loki: I am excited to help the organisation grow to be able to create sustainable and well-needed change throughout the arts sector for performers, creators, and audiences alike.
A2A: What kind of accessibility would you love to see in the South Australian arts sector?
Loki: I would love to see universal access across all levels of the arts sector, especially in South Australia.
You can learn more about our exciting new addition Loki through his profile here.
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