Extraordinary Bodies and Paraorchestra mesmerise audiences in Birmingham

On 27th February Extraordinary Bodies once again joined forces with The British Paraorchestra, to collaborate on a completely unique and mesmerising performance of Terry Riley’s In C, at Birmingham’s Town Hall

Claire Hodgson, Co-Artistic Director of Extraordinary Bodies shared her thoughts on the evening:

“It was a magical night in Birmingham town hall . It was fully immersive as the audience was inches from the orchestra and circus performers and could wander around freely choosing how to experience this hypnotic beautiful music .
Extraordinary Bodies artists flew above their heads and mingled amongst them. It was a sensory feast and many audience members held balloons to experience the vibrations of the piece and listened to a live audio description through headsets .
Both Paraorchestra and Extraordinary Bodies are living the idea that orchestras and circus can be democratic forms and reimagining what these art forms can be.”

“The sounds & space were mesmerising with performers & audience completely immersed and connected.”


“Absolutely stunning performance @THSHBirmingham last night! All sounds , all movements shared equally and it was BEAUTIFUL #inclusive#birmingham#InC#art#minimalism


“What an absolute privilege to Stage Manager and witness the wonders of @Paraorchestra and @Ex_Bodies with their show ‘Terry Riley in C’ last night at @THSHBirmingham

©Ellen Booth

Scroll below to see a series of photographs of the performance, and a Twitter moment, capturing rehearsals, live shots and feedback from the evening.

Images ©Kate Green Photography