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Circus design: making a bespoke trapeze for Human

This month, our co-artistic director Billy Alwen picked up the pen / sat at his keyboard to tell us about the incredible collaborative circus design process that went into creating a new trapeze for our new live show Human. Designing circus equipment for our previous shows Creating new props and circus equipment normally starts early … Continued

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists take to the stage

Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists take to the stage

Back in May 2020, Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists were about to go on tour with their new show Till We Win. The dates planned at Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival, Brighton Fringe and Birmingham Rep’s festival For/With/By were of course rescheduled. Our young artists didn’t let the pandemic stop them: they kept busy by creating a … Continued

Big top dreams and live circus

Big top dreams and live circus

Working in the shadow of the beautiful, blue and white, shining big top tent that emerges out of the green of Keynsham into the bright blue sky, it feels like the weather is changing and future possibilities for Extraordinary Bodies are changing too. Thanks to the Cultural Recovery Fund, one of our mother companies, Cirque … Continued

Combining puppetry and stop-motion animation by Nikki Charlesworth

Combining puppetry and stop-motion animation by Nikki Charlesworth

Following from our previous blog post about our Splash! Digi-Tales shorts, we got lead-artist Nikki to tell us more about her exceptional creative process for creating Flo-Motion. Her unique piece combines illustration, puppetry and stop-motion animation. It tells a story about Flo, the central character from the outdoor show Splash!, a production initially commissioned by The Mighty … Continued

Watch our Splash! Digi-Tales shorts

Watch our Splash! Digi-Tales shorts

Digi-Tales was a digital experiment commissioned from some of our most exciting freelance creatives at the height of the pandemic. Grace Okereke produced the project, which involved artists from the UK, Europe and the USA. Thanks to Digi-Tales, 40 freelancers were able to create together, supported by £80k Arts Council England emergency funding. Freelancers are … Continued

Building a culture of care in circus with Jodie Cole

Earlier this year, we were recruiting for a Jerwood Creative Fellow. Jodie has now jumped on board the Extraordinary Bodies ship and we’re so happy to welcome her to the team. We made a short video (captioned and audio described) for you to meet her. In it, Jodie talks about her inclusive practice, why she … Continued

Culture Recovery Fund

Culture Recovery Fund

We are delighted to have been awarded crucial Culture Recovery Fund support from the Arts Council and the DCMS. Over 2,700 organisations received nearly £400 million in grants and loans to help the culture and heritage sector reopen and recover. This money will help Extraordinary Bodies continue the work and development of our new Big Top tent. … Continued

International Women’s Day: spotlight on Tilly

Strong women make circus This blog post was written by Geraldine Giddings, Senior Producer and Rachel Pender-Cudlip, Arts Administrator, in celebration of International Women’s Day. Extraordinary Bodies #ChooseToChallenge gender bias and inequality in the circus industry. Circus as an artform has its own particular ways of stereotyping genders but also enabling freedom from those very … Continued

Connecting Communities: a bold new project begins

Connecting Communities: a bold new project begins

Lockdowns are tough on communities that rely on face to face arts services. Connecting Communities from Extraordinary Bodies is filling gaps shown by Covid-19. It links groups from across the country in shared, digital creative experiences, performance as well as leadership. Why Connecting Communities matters Funky Llama and Our Space in Plymouth, Skylight in Rochdale and also Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists in Poole have been on an great creative … Continued

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