Extraordinary Bodies Workshops In Cardiff

In partnership with Hijinx theatre, the pioneering integrated (disabled and non disabled people working equally together) circus company Extraordinary Bodies, will be running free inclusive workshops in Cardiff. The workshops will explore circus and physical theatre skills, including aerial, for disabled and non-disabled members of the local community. Extraordinary Bodies will be in Cardiff from the November 8 – 10.

The pioneering professional circus company, Extraordinary Bodies, are travelling to 10 different locations across the UK and Ireland, in search of stories of life, value and society in 2017. In November they will be in residency with Hijinx theatre in Cardiff, holding free workshops for Hijinx Academy members and local arts practitioners to play, experiment, share stories and learn circus and performance skills, including aerial. 

The workshops will take place at the Tabernacle Church Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff, from the November 8 – 10, and will focus on developing content for their new show for the Hijinx Unity Festival 2019.

Extraordinary Bodies are a contemporary circus company made up equally of deaf, disabled and non-disabled performers, musicians, writers and creatives. They make work in which the diverse makeup of society is represented onstage, backstage and in the audience. They work with communities to make shows because they believe that they can have the largest impact by showing the world as it really is.

By posing the question ‘What Am I Worth?’ Extraordinary Bodies want to understand what people think about their value in society, and how they would like their own worth to be recognised. The stories, ideas and contributions from the Creative Explorations will be used as material for the making of an exciting new show for 2018. It will be a joyful, radical, bold, accessible performance.

They will tell the stories of people developing their own worth in a culture that devalues them. The show will include live music, integrated BSL interpretation and audio description, and will play to audiences of up to 1000 people. It will be performed in the outdoors, from summer 2018, by an exceptional cast of disabled and non-disabled circus, theatre and music artists. The project is funded by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence.

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