Extraordinary Bodies, a partnership between leading circus production company Cirque Bijou and award-winning arts and diversity practitioners Diverse City, champions equal representation of D/deaf*, disabled and non-disabled artists working together – on stage, off stage and in the audience. They capture real stories from real communities, especially those who might not usually be heard.
When the pandemic mothballed Extraordinary Bodies’ latest national tour, the professional circus company rapidly moved towards the production of a low-fi lockdown film. What Do You See In Me? , that premiers on September 30th, is a prequel to the stage show that was due to premier in a theatre setting at The Lowry in Salford last April, but never made it into rehearsal. Filmed in the artists’ homes – on their mobile phones — it is written by Hattie Naylor (The Night Watch, Royal Exchange; Bluebeard, Bristol Old Vic; The Three Musketeers, The Dukes) with an original score by Ted Barnes (Beth Orton/ Clayhill). This story of isolated, yet interconnected, marginalized lives is told through physicality, dance and music. The stuff of everyday life makes up the sets and impromptu props: one performer dances casually,...
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