Free Extraordinary Bodies circus workshops to explore self worth

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 October 2017

Extraordinary Bodies' 2015 show The Big Bite. Picture: Rachel Lambert

Extraordinary Bodies' 2015 show The Big Bite. Picture: Rachel Lambert

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The human body will be celebrated in Weston when circus company Extraordinary Bodies heads to Theatre Tropicana.

The band at Weighting, an Extraordinary Bodies performance in 2015. Picture: Richard Davenport The band at Weighting, an Extraordinary Bodies performance in 2015. Picture: Richard Davenport

The pioneering and inclusive circus company is travelling to 10 different places in the UK in search of stories of live, value and society in 2017.

The company will be in residency at the Tropicana and will hold free workshops for people to play, experiment, share stories and learn circus skills.

The workshops are open to all and will explore circus and physical theatre skills for disabled and non-disabled people.

In the workshops members of Extraordinary Bodies will post the question ‘what am I worth?’ and they are keen to understand how people see their own value and how they would like to be recognised in society.

Extraordinary Bodies' Weighting performance
. Picture: Richard Davenport Extraordinary Bodies' Weighting performance . Picture: Richard Davenport

People’s responses will be used to create a new show called What Am I Worth, which the company will take on tour in 2018.

The company has been described as a ‘game-changer’ for circus by Arts Council England for its work with communities.

Extraordinary Bodies performer and musician John Kelly said: “We celebrate inclusively, equally and ultimately that it brings real change in our divided society that continues to build disabling barriers, discriminates and oppresses difference.

“It’s time to knock these barriers down with louder songs, bigger performances, humour, fun, energy and genuine passion to go along a shared journey where we are all valued as human beings with all rights respected and alive.”

Extraordinary Bodies' Weighting performance
. Picture: Richard Davenport Extraordinary Bodies' Weighting performance . Picture: Richard Davenport

The residency has been organised in part by The Theatre Orchard and its executive producer Fiona Matthews said: “We’re delighted to welcome Extraordinary Bodies to Weston, at a time when we are beginning to present professional circus-based work in the town.

“We are committed to ensuring the work we present is accessible to anyone and everyone and this residency enables us to put that principle into practice in high-flying form.

“It promises to be an inspiring few days.”

Extraordinary Bodies will be in Weston from Monday to Wednesday, with workshops running from 10am to 3pm. The event is free and anyone who wants to take part should email info@thetheatreorchard.org.uk

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