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2 disabled artists suspended in counterbalance explore how their weight interacts in flight with different body compositions

Funding to create international connections

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 […]

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A participant kneels in tabletop position, drawing an elbow upward, rotating their torso, as they pull a yellow band taught from the floor

Dissecting Aerial Symposium 2023 Date Announcement

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 […]

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Vertical dance duet, Why?, performed on a grey wall made of circles, rigged in front of an urban building, at GDIF 2021

Why? Touring Summer 2022

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!!!

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A vertical dance participant does a split jump on a curved wall over a glass roof at ACCA during the Creative Lab

Vertical and Aerial Dance Lab 2021

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 […]

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Bold lettering, spelling Portrait and Landscape, fill the image. Each letter contains colourful images of vertical dance performances

Portrait & Landscape – vertical dance conversations

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 […]

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Aerialist Shereen Hussain hangs upside down surrounded by many cords of rope, arms hang relaxed overhead toward the floor, eyes closed

#GroundedAerial Blog Series

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.

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A participant kneels in tabletop position, drawing an elbow upward, rotating their torso, as they pull a yellow band taught from the floor

Dissecting Aerial 2022

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 ……

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Amongst gnarled branches of a big leafy oak tree, sound artist Thor McIntyre Burnie sits suspended in a harness, holding a boom mic grinning

A Heightened Sense of Tree R&D 2020

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.

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Vertical dance duet, Why?, performed on a grey wall made of circles, rigged in front of an urban building, at GDIF 2021

Why? at GDIF 2020

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.

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An EADF participant swings, suspended in entwined cloud swing ropes, supported by loops under knees and round their back

EADF 2022 Date Announcement

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 …..

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An aerialist participant holds their weight in the hands amongst multi corde ropes that lay interweaved on their tensed muscular shoulders

EADF 2019 DONE!

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 …

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VDF aerialist Magalie and disabled artist Welly smile and hold eye contact, exploring connection without touch, suspended low to the ground

Vertical Dance Forum 2019 – Alternative Perspectives & Accessible Aerial

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.

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