Aerialists in Lockdown--Advice from a Seasoned Performer

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Aerialists in Lockdown–Advice from a Seasoned Performer

To be an Aerialist is all-consuming. Training and performing soon become the driving force of our lives. We often develop an addiction to both the physical and mental effects of aerial work and we structure our life around it. So lockdown can be an aerialist’s hell.
cture, freedom, space, air, light and confidence.” — An excerpt from the book Aerialist. 2018 Rebecca Truman. ...
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Rebecca Truman

In 1988, Rebecca Truman launched Skinning the Cat – Circus of the Sky, the UK’s first outdoor aerial company, producing groundbreaking narrative and character-based shows. The company toured internationally until 2012, establishing a unique style, which brought together Rebecca’s skills as a performer, costumier, rig designer and artistic director. The company appeared in cabaret, circus, variety, pantomime and corporate entertainments.  It was an important part of the company’s identity that it was an all-woman organisation.  Skinning the Cat (which takes its name from a traditional trapeze move) is, by its inclusion in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s permanent collection and in the National Circus Archive at the University of Sheffield, recognised as a forerunner of the contemporary circus movement. Rebecca has recently published Aerialist – The colourful life of a trapeze artist.