Photos: Danielle Colvin.
Turkish Canadian performer Memet Bilgin has a computer programming background and was a member of the Turkish national sailing team before forming the aerial duo Wings of Desire, combining dance, mime and aerial acrobatics.
He performs two acts, Sanddorn Balance and Spinning Top on Driftwood, in the Spiegelworld show Empire, a blend of comedy, acrobatics, vaudeville and burlesque in a touring Spiegeltent. Empire is currently playing in Wellington (to 21 December), after shows in Australia and Christchurch, then plays in Auckland (6 January to 15 February 2015).
Memet Bilgin talks to Kim Hill.