Organisation: Diverse City
Region: South West
Extraordinary Bodies is the UK's only professional integrated circus company, and a partnership between Cirque Bijou and Diverse City. The Company make circus for every body. The Company's first show, Weighting, premiered on 22nd September 2013 - a commission by Exeter City Council as the finale to new outdoor arts festival Unexpected 2013. Set on a flying staircase, with a live band and specially created music, Weighting features 9 extraordinary artists who dance, sing and fly high above the audience. A 100-strong choir of local singers (including a signing choir) joined the company for the finale of this first show in a participation project that will be replicated when the show tours in 2014. The bold show explores themes of transformation, risk-taking, equilibrium and the ties that bind people. The creative team includes Billy Alwen and Claire Hodgson as artistic directors, Dom Coyote as Musical Director and Composer, Will Datson as designer and Katie Broome as costume designer. Contact Diverse City or Cirque Bijou for further information on the Company and any upcoming opportunities.
Diverse City are cultural entrepreneurs working for social change through the performing arts. Diverse City creates exceptional shows that profile the abilities of diverse groups. The Company provides performing arts projects, delivered by leading international artists and academics. It offers workshops for schools and colleges, community groups, and people with disabilities. It provides consultancy to established institutions, organisations and companies and offers training and advocacy around disability. Many of the Company's Associate Artists are disabled. Current projects include Moving On, a progression programme to support the creative industry and young people in inclusive practice. REMIX Gold is a semi-professional integrated dance company for young people which, through residencies with professional artists, tours performances and provides young disabled people with experience of being in a professional company with all its attendant roles. Extraordinary Bodies is a collaboration with Cirque Bijou and is the UK's only integrated circus company.
T: 07795 247 216
Breathe photographed by Diverse City