Well that’s a wrap on our new outdoor touring show ‘Crawdaddy’ for 2023. Choreographed earlier this year by Charles Linehan we’ve had a blast getting it out there for it’s first initial run, such a fun piece to perform. For more info >>>>Learn about
This time last year we were just finishing up on the final online sharing of a project called “Creating Connections’, a collaboration with Wanda Moretti and Kate Lawrence funded by British Council’s International Collaboration Grants to deliver a project exploring participatory and inclusive practice in vertical dance.Learn about
We’ve just finished up on ‘Etre et Durer’ (a translation of ‘to be and to last’ borrowed from parkour which sounds so much better than the English translation) and was born of a desire to create a peer to peer support network for female aerial leaders and artistic directors.Learn about
Artistic Director Lindsey got to offer a skills exchange with ever dynamic and engaging Stopgap Dance Company. Lindsey’s always been interested and intrigued by Stopgap’s inclusive choreography and process of movement translation between disabled and non-disabled people and bodies.Learn about
Inspired by the change in the seasons, we’re taking this opportunity to reflect on all that’s happened this year. We were grateful to receive a Cultural Recovery Fund grant from Arts Council England earlier this year which enabled us to finally create our own EADF website, go through some deep and inspiring business development and deepen […]Learn about
We are thrilled to have been awarded funding by British Council’s International Collaboration Grants for ‘Creating Connections’ working with Wanda Moretti and Kate Lawrence. ‘Creating Connections’ draws on the participatory spirit and inventiveness of the experimental dance work undertaken in 1970’s New York that laid the foundations for the development of vertical dance practice. Building on […]Learn about
2022 saw us deliver the Dissecting Aerial symposium as a hybrid event, reaching 6x more audiences from all over the globe via the magic of video conferencing and connecting to remote speakers for the first time. It was really exciting (if nerve wracking) to have so many new folks in the room, so much so […]Learn about
We’re gearing up to tour ‘Why?’ again this year. The rehearsal space is booked, we’re doing checks on all of the kit, checking we can still fit into the costumes haha …! And just to say thanks again to all the wonderful audiences who came out to see us last year, we really loved chatting with you after the shows and to the festival directors and teams who pulled out all the stops to ensure that shows went ahead this year, to the funders and supporting organisations and a personal thanks from me (Lindsey) to the wonderful, hard working, G&L team of collaborators, movers and shakers. Looking forward to doing it all again soon!!!Learn about
So that was the 5 day lab then! Lovey people in a gorgeous venue and the sun even shone – sometimes! More photos coming soon but keep your eyes peeled on our social media. We ran technique and creative Labs tailored to 3 levels of experience and skill: Professional, Intermediate and Explorer. Participants said: ‘Thanks […]Learn about
Coming out of lockdown, so far, I have only done shows that make me happy. Shows where I feel comfortable. Shows where I can be my ridiculous, silly, nervous, oversharing self and I am accepted and embraced for it. I can do without shows that make me cry in the toilets, no matter how big the agent or the money is…..Learn about
When I am struggling, I tell myself to “Hold on to your equipment, hold your nerve, hold in your core but let go of your pride, let go of your self-judgment and let go of your need to impress”.Learn about
During December I started working on an idea I had had for a while, which was to start my own circus school dedicated to Aerial Hoop. What I was thinking during a global pandemic where nobody could leave the house I don’t know, but somehow it worked…..Learn about
I think I’ve realised that there really is a place for us, and a need for art and escapism. Maybe in the back of my imposter mind, I thought that we weren’t important enough, or to use Boris’s terrible phrase ‘essential’ enough! However, anything that takes us away from the fear inducing dialogue which is constantly weighing down on us is absolutely vital… less fear means less stress – which means less of the hormone cortisol – equals better functioning immune systems and there you have it – circus arts is a community health service 😉Learn about
I define myself as an aerialist/equestrienne, (if that’s a thing), teacher and costume maker, although for the last year ‘unemployed’ seemed a more apt description…… last year brought up some tricky questions like age, being good enough and is this a precedent to stop – before quickly realising I didn’t want to stop. I love what I do, so bollocks to that and anyone who says otherwise…..Learn about
I’ve been kind of having a falling out with circus since just before the pandemic. I lost the fun in a sea of self pity and judgment. I feel I don’t have the level I should for someone who has done all the training I have, and it makes me feel awkward to train in front of others, to sell my work, to call myself an artist. That sea blocks me creatively and technically, I can’t find the motivation to train.Learn about
The advice I would like to give to my younger self or anyone starting out in the world of aerial is “You are unique and will do things in your own way, take your time and trust in your own abilities. The bonds you build with people in your training and art are invaluable, make time for friendships especially when things get tough.”Learn about
As an aerialist/artist in my early 40’s, having time over the past year to be introspective has been amazing, and something I don’t think I would have made happen otherwise. I am well aware how privileged that sounds- I have been teaching teenagers Aerial and ‘Floorial’ remotely (and in person when possible) over the past year, and I know how hard COVID restrictions have been for that age group particularly…..Learn about
From her early experience as a young dancer to founding and running her own aerial studio, Amanda draws on her experience of a career spanning over 30 years in the entertainment industry, as a former theatrical agent and TV producer to the present day.
She shares her thoughts and and talks about the business of creativity.Learn about
During this time, the imposter syndrome found a way into my new career plan and the constant feeling of not being good enough, just grew and grew. It felt like a secret I had to stop people discovering. I changed my eating habits and increased training because somehow, I felt if I was physically smaller and always in the air, it would disguise my lack of skill. I ended up in schedule of constant work/training with no free time, leaving me moody and constantly hungry. I can see now that the struggle of trying to juggle my busy, yes saying ,life was impressing no one and it only left me feeling more inadequate and exhausted …….Learn about
I have thought a lot about how I can create work which aligns more closely to what I care about and what this could look like in a world where we prioritise the health of our planet. …….. Sometimes things get nasty to highlight the stuff that needs to change. This doesn’t make it any easier to go through but I hope we can find the positive transformations from these tough times.Learn about
That was it….once I was on that little round red stage, I was in love with cabaret, and spiegeltents, and crystal-embellished costumes and backstage tequila and using whatever music makes your soul sing and choreographing your own dance on whichever equipment you want to be on, and having your audience so close you can smell their perfume.Learn about
Question everything. Who is not in the room? Why am I teaching the things that I am teaching? It is something that I am passing along simply because it’s the “way it’s done” or is there a safety concern? Rethink aesthetics. Pointed toes are overrated. There is no such thing as cheating if it’s not hurting us or others. Disability is not what I thought it was. Community is everything. Large systems are at play that create power imbalances… as individuals, we can create change. Keep learning.Learn about
Dawn talks frankly about her career change since her creative partnership of a decade ended last year, her personal challenges of returning to work after giving birth, and the power of telling your truth onstage. She shares some insights and thoughts which could give you a giggle too.Learn about
There are more individuals and organisations than I would like who are still after a year of a pandemic wanting to “go back to normal” whatever that means. Normal for me meant a lot of inaccessible and/or queerphobic spaces. It also meant seriously overworking myself for what currently feels like no reason. I don’t really want to go back to that. But there are also a lot of individuals and organisations who are quietly keeping their heads down and working on themselves by instilling good habits into their practice. That makes me very hopeful […]Learn about
Milton speaks of his background as an actor, director, musician, writer and aerial artist and of his upcoming show ELEPHANT, which was due to premiere in 2020.
He also shares his upbeat thoughts on what’s coming up; ‘Society will need artists. people will want to go out and see shows. We’re going to have an amazing opportunity to shine so we all have to be ready.’Learn about
Lyn shares with us her journey, from her beginnings of doing overseas development work with Oxfam and VSO, into her long and productive aerial performance career and an honest account of the year that’s just been. She speaks of the frustrations and unexpected delights of lockdown, reminds us of importance of the Arts and shares a clip from her most recent project, Corvus Angelicus that so wonderfully illustrates this.Learn about
It’s ok to not always achieve something, we all have bad days, but you have to put in the effort and work hard, and if things don’t go as you wish straight away, don’t give up, it would be boring if we would achieve things too quickly.
Be clear where you want to go and value your own worth….
What I really wanted was the time and space to explore my own work. What pieces were in me? What creations lingered on the edges of the primordial soup of my subconscious? I wanted to know. I wanted to give them a line and coax them limb by horrifying limb out from the netherworld. Would they be monsters? Would they be angels? I didn’t know – I had been too busy to find out.”Learn about
Hi, I’m Delia Ceruti, I identify as a woman and …I am very shy talking about myself and my career: I would rather do a movement improvisation about it, but I love challenges, Lindsey, and the idea of this blog. So, here you go: I am an Italian artist, mostly an aerial mover and sometimes photographer, based in the UK although currently […]Learn about
‘The back road to circus’.
I’m Sarah Bebe Holmes, mostly known for my work with my company Paper Doll Militia. I identify as a woman.
Where are you now and what do you do?
I live in Glasgow Scotland, with my lovely partner and collaborator Bado Reti who has composed the music for two Paper Doll Militia productions as well as improvises regularly with me. I write, perform and direct aerial theatre. My passion is making emotive and narrative aerial pieces and […]
Kat takes us on her journey from journalism into working with aerial rope. From super technical beginnings into working more creatively using arbitrary restrictions. Aerial explorations in forests. Needing resilience to persist in the non-linear routes through an aerial/ circus career. And knowing yourself in order to resource this. You Can Follow kat Online […]Learn about
Hi, I’m Kalina. A dance trapeze artist based in Edinburgh, Scotland (currently doing a 3-month aerial residency in Puerto Escondido, Mexico). I think a lot about what my relationship to my apparatus is. I see my trapeze as a living breathing entity with a personality. Yes, it’s just a steel bar with two ropes, but it’s […]Learn about
Who you are/how you identify? Any specific learning from the year we’ve just had? Or not! I am Alfa Marks, a short 32-year-old, opinionated, black female. I use to identify as a performer – an aerialist. It was more than what I did, it was who I was, where I lived and where in the […]Learn about
Hi, I’m Claire Crook, I often (but not always) perform under the stage name Madam Mango. I am originally from North Wales, and have been performing now for 20 years (gulp). I identify as female. Currently living in Kinloss, Moray in the North East of Scotland, I moved in September in what seemed like a […]Learn about
my inefficient but scenic route into the aerial world. Hello aerial aficionados! I’m Jenny. I identify as a woman, a weirdo, a recovering perfectionist, an aerial hoop specialist, a chronic dabbler, a creator, an athlete, a lover of books, a socialist, a master dog snuggler, and a perpetual foreigner. This is the story of my […]Learn about
The Path. Throughout my career I had a terrible feeling that I was starting too late, because I hadn’t gone to circus school, had no dance background, was not born into a circus family. I believed whole-heartedly in the myth of a straightforward path to the top of the art form and was constantly worried […]Learn about
…or on not being inclusive cos’ we’re afraid that we don’t know enough or that we’ll cause offence. I came across a video the other day on facebook called ‘Remarkable’. It was by Dr Kelsie Acton, who is a neurodivergent dancer, researcher and inclusive practice advisor for Battersea Arts Centre. In it she references a quote […]Learn about
Inspired by Understory – a collection of insights from a diverse group of artists in the dance world – I felt it would be useful to curate a series of articles, musings and videos from professional aerialists at all stages of
their careers on how we go about navigating these new times. Looking at our diverse pathways into the aerial arts and the breadth of practice out there, these contributions will be released every Wednesday. I’m Lindsey Butcher…
Portrait and Landscape was conceived by Wanda Moretti with Kate Lawrence and our Lindsey as a way to connect the global vertical dance community, despite the current restrictions we face on movement and travel. Tickets are free but limited. Read more to access the ticket link […]Learn about
Inspired by https://www.under-story.com/chats a collection of insights from a diverse group of dance artists, Lindsey is curating a series of articles, musings and videos from aerialists at all stages of their careers on navigating these times.Learn about
We’ve gone and changed the dates again – darn that Covid! Dissecting Aerial 2021 has been moved to Jan 15th & 16th 2022.
Our aim is to live stream the symposium this year, with some live speakers, events and audience here in Brighton, connecting to International hubs of watching and presentations ……
In this strange old year that was 2020, we were immensely grateful to be able to spend 10 days in Whirligig Woods with a phenomenal creative team to research our new show, ‘A Heightened Sense of Tree’.
This R&D has been a long time in the planning even prior to Covid. It’s been in discussion with the National Trust for over 2 years and in conversation between it’s main collaborators since Lindsey returned from working with Julia Taffe (Aeriosa) in Vancouver 2015.Learn about
What an absolute joy and privilege it was to be able to perform ‘Why’ live at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, for Without Walls. Read more to view the short film we made at #DancingCity GDIF in 2020.Learn about
Sadly and yet almost inevitably given the year 2020 was, we’re postponing the next EADF until Aug 2022. Given the ongoing uncertainty about gathering in numbers, coupled with the fact that our partners South East Dance and Brighton Dome/Festival also had to stop work on creating their wonderful new buildings it’s simply not viable to run the festival in 2021. Sad face… but read on …..Learn about
Wow, so that was our 10th edition of the EADF 2019 and what a way to celebrate 10 years! What an amazing journey it’s been starting from just a 4 day event back in 2010 to a full 2 week programme.
Thanks so much to …
Back in January we were thrilled to host members of the Vertical Dance Forum for our 5th meeting as part of our Creative Europe/Arts Council England funded project, at The Point, Eastleigh and we had a blast.Learn about