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Supporting Dorset young artist Josh Ward with his first film role

Supporting Dorset young artist Josh Ward with his first film role

After months of holding it as a secret, we are so excited to share that Dorset young artist, Josh Ward, will be starring in Hidden Pictures North’s new film A Snapshot! Earlier this year, he bagged the lead role of Ian in this new BFI-funded film and worked alongside Producer Sam Barnett and Writer and … Continued

Access in the performing arts: Jodie Cole’s journey

This week, we caught up with artist and Extraordinary Bodies Jerwood Creative Fellow, Jodie Cole. After working with us for almost half a year, she has already gained plenty new skills around access in the performing arts. Here’s what Jodie wrote about her journey with Extraordinary Bodies so far: On Friday the 1st of October, … Continued

Two extraordinary shows in Poole

Two extraordinary shows in Poole

With under one week to go until we take to the stage with our brand new show Human, we asked Co-Director Claire to tell us more about how the show was created. She also shares about why having two extraordinary shows in poole – Human and our youth company’s Till We Win – feels deeply … Continued

Circus design: making a bespoke trapeze for Human

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 trapeze for our new live show Human. Designing circus equipment for our previous shows Creating new props and circus equipment normally starts early on … 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

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Jodie, Artist and Extraordinary Bodies Jerwood Arts Creative Fellow, wrote about her journey with us so far - collaborating on our show Human and applying inclusion and access learnings to her work as an artist.www.extraordinarybodies.org.uk/access-in-the-performing-arts-jodie-coles-journey.Thank you for being part of the team Jodie ❤️[Image description: Jodie rehearsing. She is standing in a low ceiling room, yellow and pistachio green curtains behind her. She wears a white t-shirt with all caps orange letters on it that read: "Council house raised". She holds a white sheet of paper with one hand, on which can be seen the words: "FUCK THE FUCKING FUCKERS". Her other hand is raised up in the air in protest and her faces suggests shouting.] ... See MoreSee Less
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TOMORROW 7:30PM: #Barnsley #Sheffield don't miss our second & last performance at The Civic, Barnsley! Human is a story about the small moments that shape us, based on real-life stories and told through circus, live music and film.The performance is relaxed, BSL interpreted, captioned and audio described.🎟 bit.ly/2YmItuh[GIF description: Black background. A photo of a woman and a man swinging in the air like a pendulum, looking powerful and graceful. They share a wheelchair which is held up in the air by black circus straps. She has frizzy brown hair, muscular arms and wears a grey tank top She is sitting on knees on his thighs and one of her arms holds the straps above her head while the other points down towards the floor. He has a neatly trimmed brown beard, muscular arms and wears a black tank top. He holds the straps to the sides of his chest with both hands. The image captures them at the highest point of the swing, to our right, bringing the man to an upside-down position with the woman above him. Their bodies are doing something hard, but their strength makes it look effortless. One word written in white, thick, brush-style letters to the right of the photo: 'Human'. The letters are moving slightly.] ... See MoreSee Less
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    @MotabilityOps Thanks for sharing team!

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    #Plymouth #SouthDevon We're bringing Human to @funkyllamatrp's 🎪 on 29 & 30 October! Human is a show about the sma… https://t.co/dWuPhKXF7y

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    Our Co-Artistic Director Billy Alwen in @TheStage via @guardian: "People don't encourage kids who have a curiosity… https://t.co/1JmnzxFTbz

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    @diversecity1 @stevewrentmore @Han_Coxy Thank you @stevewrentmore ✨ Hi @Han_Coxy, Do get in touch if you'd like to… https://t.co/Pes0IVR3TU

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    RT @hilaryrfoster: Human was great from @Ex_Bodies @BarnsleyCivic tonight. Skilful circus, great storytelling, beautiful music, brilliant a…

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