Mthembeni Mthembu

Stilt Walker - Durban
Mthembeni Mthembu - Stilt Walker


Did you ever wonder how many hours one need to practice to get a good show?

Well Stilt walking go way back in History. With amazing costumes and Painted faces you will be in amazement. Stilts are used widely in many countries for entertainment. Stilt walkers perform in parades, festivals, street events and at corporate functions.

The local festivals of Anguiano (La Rioja, Spain) feature a dance on stilts in which dancers go down a stepped street while turning. Other stilt walking and dancing festivals are held in Deventer, Netherlands, in early July each year, and in Namur, Belgium.

Early stilt walking acts were mostly of the style of a very tall person with the costume having long trousers or skirt to cover the stilts. More recently stilt walkers have created a wide variety of costumes that do not resemble a tall person. Examples are flowers and animals. The tall person type has also expanded to include a wide variety of themes. Examples include sportsmen, historical acts and acts based on literary or film characters.

One of the most recent varieties of stilt walking acts is a stilt walker riding a "stilt bicycle" with an extended seat post and handlebar stem. With Light festivals being very popular around the world, Stilt walkers have incorporated technology in their costumes making. It is very common to see LED Robots on stilts or other light costumes at public or private events.


Now we present Durban based stilt walker Mthembeni Mthembu.

“I started circus in 2003 with a group called African Dream Circus I was age 21 the love of circus started when I was 18, I was watching it on television and I was inspired.”

“I've been doing stilts for 19 years I was in a program of PSV program for survival of violence also known as Sinani they used to bring trainers from overseas country's mostly Canada to come and train us give circus skills they from the big circus called Cirque Du Soleil I also went to Cape town at circus school called Zip zap to get more skills.”

Then in 2002 Sinani visited our area and they came with the circus programme done auditions and won the chance of being the member of African Dream Circus.


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