An Interview with performer
Lea Hinz is a circus performer who specializes in aerial hoop. Her powerful acts combine a high technical level with character work. Lea is known for her unique spinning elements and her captivating stage presence. Her performances can be seen in arena shows, cabarets, circus tents and in theaters all around the world.
Where are you from, and how did you first connect with Teatro Zinzanni?
I’m originally from Germany but I have lived in Las Vegas since 2018. I was approached by Teatro ZinZanni during my first contract in Las Vegas (as the aerial soloist in Absinthe) – the creative team came to Las Vegas to meet in person and watch me perform live, we started taking about opportunities to collaborate which lead to my first run with ZinZanni Seattle (Welcome To Wonderland).
How long have you been performing? How did you get started?
I grew up in rhythmic gymnastics, as a competitive gymnast on an international level. Between competition seasons I enjoyed performing in shows, and met a lot of professional performers. That sparked my passion for the spotlight/stage. When I received an offer to join a known German cabaret as a performer I took it, assuming I’d have fun with this for a year and then go to university and study medicine. Instead, my performing career took off internationally…
What are some of your favorite places in Chicago?
I enjoy everything on the water, love taking strolls in parks, going to art exhibitions and small music venues (those don’t exist in Las Vegas).
When you’re not performing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I always work on several creative projects at the same time… I write concepts for shows, build acts for others or myself, program special effects, edit videos, organize photo projects and so on.
I’m growing my own entertainment company so there’s always something to do 🙂 Also, I enjoy reading, drinking chai lattes, going on outdoor adventures, grabbing a cocktail with friends, hot yoga and playing the ukulele.
How do you think the Teatro ZinZanni show experience differs from other productions or shows you’ve been part of?
ZinZanni has a very intimate and warm feeling to it – that’s true for guests and performers. I personally love the open approach of every new show – as a performer you’re asked to get creative not only with your specialty act but also with character work, animation ideas and much more. You’re able to work closely with many other creatives and you’re encouraged to keep exploring your material as the show runs. That makes ZinZanni a specifically lively experience for everyone – as a performer you never do the same show twice since no audience is the same and as an audience member you’ll never see the same show twice either. The only thing you know is that your evening will be filled with Love, Chaos & Dinner.
If you had to describe your act in three words – what would they be?
Powerful, elegant, authentic.
What are you most excited about for this upcoming Zinzanni show?
About magical encounters with new audience members and colleagues.
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