So you want my arts job: Illusionist

From world-renowned dancer to grand illusionist, Anthony Street talks to ArtsHub about his career in stagecraft.
So You Want My Arts Job, Illusionist Anthony Street. Dance.

Anthony Street grew up in Healesville, Victoria, surrounded by motorbikes and racing cars. But the stage beckoned, even at six. He became involved in gymnastics and eventually became state champion for floor routines. It was around this time that he attended a local carnival, and found a parallel love with magic – getting his first magic set at eight.

While his dance career started with secret lessons at his grandmother’s dance school, at the same time as he was playing footy, it led him to joining The Australian Irish Dance Company (AIDC) in 2000, and eventually took him around the world. Most significantly he performed with the Dublin-based company Dance of Desire, and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina