Betwixt and Between:
the liminal status of the ‘disabled aerialist’
24th October @ 5.00pm
The ‘disabled aerialist’ is itself a problematic (even paradoxical) term, but so too is the status of such a person within the aerial world. Relative to conventional aerialists she may be considered ‘less able’, but relative to others of similar impairments she may well be considered ‘highly able’. Either way she falls into a liminal space between the conventional perceptions of both aerial and disability. This presentation aims to highlight some of the examples of practice that is feeding my research; where the research sits in terms of theoretical discourse; and offers some personal reflections on the often complicated relationship between the two.
I’ve been a practicing aerialist for almost twenty years, working in traditional and contemporary circuses, physical theatre, nightclubs and the odd casino. I set up Expressive Feat Productions in 1999 to create the work I wanted to make (rather than that which earned me a living) and I closed it in 2008. I now work freelance as an aerial trainer and choreographer (and still occasionally as a performer) running www.airhedz.co.uk (in the process of being totally revamped) and have become quite specialised in working with disabled performers who want to fly!
+ http://vimeo.com/44234741 (short film of Hang-ups! )