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What Am I Worth? Casting Announcement

What Am I Worth? Casting Announcement

We are incredibly excited to announce the exceptional cast of our groundbreaking new show What Am I Worth? Made up of seven extraordinary artists from across the world including the US, Germany, Ireland and the UK, ‘What am I Worth?’ is a show that shines a light on each of these artists, telling their stories … Continued

New bespoke build for What Am I Worth?

New bespoke build for What Am I Worth?

We’re not going to give away too much at this stage but the bespoke structure for our upcoming show What Am I Worth? has been built, and this week we have been down at the Invisible Circus space in Bristol having our first play… we can’t wait to see what we can create! Next week we … Continued

Our journey of Creative Explorations comes to an end

Our journey of Creative Explorations comes to an end

We have now completed all 10 of our Creative Explorations around the UK and Ireland asking the question ‘What Am I Worth?’. We worked closely with about 150 people, disabled, non-disabled, young and old, who opened up and allowed us into their worlds. We played and experimented with circus skills, theatre, writing and music all … Continued

‘Bird Girl’ by Holly O’Neil

‘Bird Girl’ by Holly O’Neil

2018 Here we are! This year we will make our new show, What am I Worth? with a brilliant and inspiring team. We are looking forward to sharing news of our cast, our team and our progress. This lovely GIF ‘Bird Girl’ is one of a set created by illustrator Holly O’Neil. Holly attended our first residency … Continued

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists – 2018 Auditions

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists – 2018 Auditions

Are you aged 16 – 30 and live in Dorset? Do you love performance, theatre, dance, music and aerial circus? Do you care about social change and everyone having an equal opportunity? Then Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists are waiting for you! We are holding auditions for our Youth Company on 27th January 2018 at Lighthouse … Continued

Our new Teaser video

Our new Teaser video

We’re really excited about making our show What Am I Worth? beginning early next year, and would like to share this extraordinary video with you. Click here for audio described version  In 2014 Artistic Director Claire Hodgson and lead artist Jamie Beddard, also Clore Fellows, won the Clore Prize Fund which helped to support the … Continued

Co-Artistic Director Claire Hodgson’s ‘Thank You’ for National Lottery Funding

Co-Artistic Director Claire Hodgson’s ‘Thank You’ for National Lottery Funding

Our Co-Artistic Director of Extraordinary Bodies, Claire Hodgson has written a wonderful blog which has published on the Arts Council website, explaining how their lottery funding has transformed lives across England. Since 2012, funding through National Lottery ticket sales has meant that the dreams of many can become a reality. With each ticket, lives are … Continued

Cirque Bijou are recruiting an Arts Administrator

Cirque Bijou are recruiting an Arts Administrator

Cirque Bijou are recruiting a full time Arts Administrator, an excellent opportunity for an early-career Arts Manager or Producer with the ambition to learn and develop in the role. A certain proportion of the Arts Administrator’s time will be devoted specifically to work on Extraordinary Bodies. This role will also specifically include training around inclusive practise in circus … Continued

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"This is Alfa, thin, mixed-race, muscular, small, limbs as fluid as running water."

Last but by no means least in our cast announcement for groundbreaking new show #WhatAmIWorth? is Alfa Marks. Alfa is a highly skilled circus artist who has performed across the globe specialising in solo aerial rope. With a background in contemporary dance, Alfa started her circus career as an apprentice with Gerry Cottle’s Circus and has since performed for companies such as No Fit State, Upswing, Cirque Bijou and Incandecense.

“Exploring circus, movement and the human body from different perspectives beyond my own is really exciting. I also love being able to incorporate all of my skills and mix circus with dance and acting in order to tell a story. Extraordinary Bodies has taught me that anyone can do anything if we support one another. Amazing things can be created when we don’t concentrate on the things that make us different.”

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"This is Dergin, dark curly hair tied back, masculine, focused, in a wheelchair, deep dark eyes. Turkish. German."

Day 6 of our cast announcement for groundbreaking new show #WhatAmIWorth? presents Dergin Tokmak.

Dergin Tokmak is a highly accomplished German acrobat and dancer on crutches, who not only made it to the finals of Germany’s Got Talent, but has also toured the world with Cirque Du Soleil. Now, as a member of Extraordinary Bodies, he has achieved a new dream of working alongside other disabled artists on stage.

“Extraordinary Bodies are the best example of ‘there are no limits if you break boundaries’. We are creating a show to prove to society that you can take advantage of your disadvantage. I have been working as professional artist for almost 30 years and this is my first big project working alongside other artists with disabilities. The cast on stage gives you another perspective of possibilities, it’s a truly unique project that is accessible to everyone.”

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    Kate Webb telling the history and future of Bristol circus from @Circomedia at @BalticNordicCN https://t.co/scq2clag2T

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    Rada from @1nvisibleCircus talking at @BalticNordicCN a great day of learning and inspiration https://t.co/bJ7iP9UJQA

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    @galwaycircus we have met the lovely @CirkusCirkor in Riga with @Circomedia and @1nvisibleCircus We can't wait for Galway2020!

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    Amazing group of circus folk at #RigaICCE great work Baltic Nordic Circus Network

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    RT @FullTiltAerial: Had an absolutely fab time working with @diversecity1 to deliver inclusive master classes last week in residence with @…

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