Charice Rust says farm work is ideal training for life in the circus.
From a young age the circus artist would spend all her spare time on her grandparents sheep farm in Warrong, just outside Koroit, and says it was the physical work that ignited her passion to push her body to the limits.
"I actually think that the farm was where I started my journey to a career in circus," she said.
"When working on the farm I was passionate about being able to do everything and not shy away from physically hard tasks.
"I built my body strong when I discovered circus as a teenager it was a place where it wasn't strange to be a strong girl."
Ms Rust will be performing in One Fell Swoop Circus' By A Thread at Warrnambool's Lighthouse Theatre on March 30.
The 55-minute performance showcases aerial acrobatics using no nets or safety harnesses.
"And it all started lifting ewe after ewe up onto the ute," Ms Rust said.
Although the family farm has since been sold, Ms Rust said she was keen to return to the area to perform.
"I still have a very strong connection to the area," she said.
"One of my uncles lives in Warrnambool and my grandmother now lives in Port Fairy where I visit often."
As co-director and performer, Ms Rust said she was confident the show would amaze audiences.
"By A Thread offers rich visuals of inventive aerial acrobatics and spectacular skills from some of Australia's best emerging and established circus artists," she said.
"It explores the relationship between trust and play on an innovative aerial apparatus with long spools of white rope running through pulley sheaves wrapping around bodies, explicitly connecting the artists' movements above and off the ground."