What Am I Worth?… Our journey of discovery in 2017

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In 2017 we are travelling the country visiting communities in 10 different places across the UK and Ireland. In each place, we are sharing circus, music and storytelling skills with diverse community groups, in return for their ideas, stories and responses to the question What am I Worth?

We want to understand how people see their own value and how they would like their worth recognised in society.

By the end of the year we will begin to make a new show: What am I Worth?

Joyful, radical, bold and accessible, the performance will tackle head on our assessment of value and our fear of difference. It will celebrate the stories of people who create their own sense of worth, despite a culture that devalues them.

Performed outdoors by an exceptional cast of disabled and non-disabled circus, theatre and music artists, What am I Worth? will tour from summer 2018. The show will include live music, BSL interpretation and audio description, and will play to audiences of up to 1000 people.

Find out more about our journey, our partners and the communities that we are working with by browsing the map below.

This project is funded by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence.

Our Journey

Explore the map by clicking on the places to find out more

Our Journey Melbourne London - Southwark Nottingham Glasgow Carlow Telford Cariff Bristol London National Theatre Weston Super Mare Poole Plymouth

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

18th – 21st April 2017 In partnership with Funky Llama, Extraordinary Bodies held a 4 day Creative Exploration residency at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Participants came from two local community programmes associated with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Funky Llama and Our Space. Funky Llama creates innovative events and provides creative support for adults with disabilities, and Our … Continued

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

18th – 21st April 2017 In partnership with Funky Llama, Extraordinary Bodies held a 4 day Creative Exploration residency at Theatre Royal Plymouth. Participants came from two local community programmes associated with Theatre Royal Plymouth, Funky Llama and Our Space. Funky Llama creates innovative events and provides creative support for adults with disabilities, and Our … Continued

Lighthouse, Poole

10 – 12th April 2017 Extraordinary Bodies held a 3 day Creative Exploration with community participants at Lighthouse Poole from the in partnership with local arts organisation Activate. We worked with a group of 20 young people from Activate’s integrated youth performance company The Remix to play, experiment, share stories and learn circus and performance skills.

Lighthouse, Poole

10 – 12th April 2017 Extraordinary Bodies held a 3 day Creative Exploration with community participants at Lighthouse Poole from the in partnership with local arts organisation Activate. We worked with a group of 20 young people from Activate’s integrated youth performance company The Remix to play, experiment, share stories and learn circus and performance skills.

City Arts, Nottingham

22nd – 24th May 2017 In partnership with City Arts Nottingham we worked with 18 community participants who share an interest in circus and carnival. “City Arts is delighted to have maintained the link with the Extraordinary Bodies team, following our exciting collaboration with them in 2015. We are looking forward to having some focused … Continued

City Arts, Nottingham

22nd – 24th May 2017 In partnership with City Arts Nottingham we worked with 18 community participants who share an interest in circus and carnival. “City Arts is delighted to have maintained the link with the Extraordinary Bodies team, following our exciting collaboration with them in 2015. We are looking forward to having some focused … Continued

Carlow Arts Festival

8th – 10th June 2017 At Carlow Arts Festival will be working with various groups offering workshops in circus skills and theatre, and will be showcasing the work made as part of our Creative Exploration on the Saturday night of the festival.  

Carlow Arts Festival

8th – 10th June 2017 At Carlow Arts Festival will be working with various groups offering workshops in circus skills and theatre, and will be showcasing the work made as part of our Creative Exploration on the Saturday night of the festival.  

Glasgow Merchant City Festival

25th – 28th July 2017 “We’ve made it to Scotland! John Kelly has brought some incredibly technical sound equipment which I don’t understand, and I’ve brought some flipchart paper. This week we’ve been starting to think about narrative for the show. Hattie is giving the participants a crash course in how to structure a really … Continued

Glasgow Merchant City Festival

25th – 28th July 2017 “We’ve made it to Scotland! John Kelly has brought some incredibly technical sound equipment which I don’t understand, and I’ve brought some flipchart paper. This week we’ve been starting to think about narrative for the show. Hattie is giving the participants a crash course in how to structure a really … Continued

Telford and Wrekin Council

21st – 26th August 2017 Extraordinary Bodies will be coming to Oakengates Theatre, Telford where we will be working with an integrated group brought together by the Cultural & Wellbeing services at Telford and Wrekin Council.  

Telford and Wrekin Council

21st – 26th August 2017 Extraordinary Bodies will be coming to Oakengates Theatre, Telford where we will be working with an integrated group brought together by the Cultural & Wellbeing services at Telford and Wrekin Council.  

National Theatre, London

  We are thrilled to announce that we will be spending two weeks with the National Theatre’s New Work Department, based at the NT Studio in London. The New Work Department is the engine room of the National’s creative process. They will be providing us with excellent resources and support for the development of our new show, What Am I Worth?. … Continued

National Theatre, London

  We are thrilled to announce that we will be spending two weeks with the National Theatre’s New Work Department, based at the NT Studio in London. The New Work Department is the engine room of the National’s creative process. They will be providing us with excellent resources and support for the development of our new show, What Am I Worth?. … Continued

Southwark

13th – 15th September 2017 Working with the Arts & Events team at Southwark council, Extraordinary Bodies returned to Southwark where our show Weighting played to audiences of thousands back in 2015. We will be continuing our work with the Southwark community as they take part in our Creative Exploration residency exploring ideas of value … Continued

Southwark

13th – 15th September 2017 Working with the Arts & Events team at Southwark council, Extraordinary Bodies returned to Southwark where our show Weighting played to audiences of thousands back in 2015. We will be continuing our work with the Southwark community as they take part in our Creative Exploration residency exploring ideas of value … Continued

Hijinx Unity Festival, Cardiff

October / November 2017 Working with performers from Hijinx Theatre, Extraordinary Bodies will be running workshops for an integrated group of local community members at the Tabernacle Church Hall in Cardiff as part of Hijinx Unity Festival.

Hijinx Unity Festival, Cardiff

October / November 2017 Working with performers from Hijinx Theatre, Extraordinary Bodies will be running workshops for an integrated group of local community members at the Tabernacle Church Hall in Cardiff as part of Hijinx Unity Festival.

Bristol Old Vic

February 2018 Extraordinary will be working with the engagement team at Bristol Old Vic to bring our Creative Exploration residency to our home-city of Bristol.

Bristol Old Vic

February 2018 Extraordinary will be working with the engagement team at Bristol Old Vic to bring our Creative Exploration residency to our home-city of Bristol.

Theatre Orchard, Weston Super Mare

16th – 18th  October 2017 We will be working with the Theatre Orchard to bring a Creative Exploration residency to Weston Super Mare. The residency will take place at The Tropicana Weston venue as part of their Autumn / Winter season.

Theatre Orchard, Weston Super Mare

16th – 18th  October 2017 We will be working with the Theatre Orchard to bring a Creative Exploration residency to Weston Super Mare. The residency will take place at The Tropicana Weston venue as part of their Autumn / Winter season.

Melbourne

A team of 15 Extraordinary Bodies joined an extraordinary company of artists at Circus Oz in Melbourne for a 7 day Creative Residency in December 2016. Asking ourselves #WhatAmIWorth? as a starting point this was a journey of discovery, experimentation and collaboration, and the first step in our new project, funded through Arts Council England‘s … Continued

Melbourne

A team of 15 Extraordinary Bodies joined an extraordinary company of artists at Circus Oz in Melbourne for a 7 day Creative Residency in December 2016. Asking ourselves #WhatAmIWorth? as a starting point this was a journey of discovery, experimentation and collaboration, and the first step in our new project, funded through Arts Council England‘s … Continued

Our Work

The group fill the room with colour and life as they dance and smile hands reached in to the air
What Am I Worth?… Our journey of discovery in 2017
What Am I Worth?… Our journey of discovery in 2017
Jamie flys in the air on an aerial harness, his arms outstretched with an ecstatic expression on his face, a bright blue sky behind him.
Weighting
Weighting
Dave Young sits in his wheelchair on stage, with green staging light bursting behind him. His arms are in the air and mouth wide open. The British Paraorchestra sit behind him playing instruments.
Extraordinary Bodies & The British Paraorchestra
Extraordinary Bodies & The British Paraorchestra
Deb flies from an aerial hoop off the Weighting show bridge structure. She faces away from the camera looking out to the horizon, a beautiful dappled sky as her background.
The Future of Circus
The Future of Circus