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Experience Changing Perspectives

Performer Alice Ellerby on the cloud swing

Performer Alice Ellerby on the cloud swing

The audience watches an aerial performance in awe

Watching in awe - how do they do that?

Anatomy and physiology in action on the cloud swing

Anatomy and physiology in action on the cloud swing

Presenter Alice Roberts takes questions

Presenter Alice Roberts takes questions

Exploring robotics

Starting young to explore robotics

Primary school pupils explore robotics

Primary school pupils explore robotics

Face to face with a robot!

Face to face with a robot!

Circomedia
Performance Artists

Dane Comerford
Centre for Public Engagement

Free, fun and informative….and a little bit off the wall!

Come along to a free, interactive exhibition for families. Watch aerial circus performers, learn about how they accomplish their extraordinary feats and discover how your body works with TV presenter Alice Roberts. Take part in body painting and talk to local researchers from the University of Bristol about cutting edge research – in anatomy and physiology, neuroscience, robotics and biomechanics – happening in your city.

Circomedia
Perspective

Circomedia is a centre of excellence with an international reputation.  It is unique in the world for its integration of physical theatre with contemporary circus. The quality of the teaching staff is world renowned and Circomedia has produced many successful artists and companies.

The school has two outstanding sites: the leafy premises of a former Victorian school on the outskirts of Bristol and the award-winning and high profile St Paul's Church in Portland Square. The city centre site has the largest permanently rigged flying trapeze in the UK. Circomedia has the added advantage of being based in Bristol, a vibrant city with perhaps the highest concentration of circus and theatre performers in the UK.

Circomedia is committed to the principles of performer as creator and the integration of circus disciplines with theatre in its widest sense.  If performers in circus and theatre are to be able to contribute to the creative process and be more than the vehicle of a director's vision, we believe the development of the individual's creative and performance skills to be of equal importance to those of technical expertise.

More about Circomedia.

Dane Comerford
Perspective

I studied Natural Sciences at the University of Birmingham, looking from a wide angle at how our world is constructed: how chemicals interact; how particles collide and change; how energy is transformed and moves around. Think of a lava lamp or how a tree sways in the wind, there’s a lot going on. I saw curves and sequences that kept cropping up and that everything, somehow or other seems connected. Then one evening in a Bristol University lab while tuning my laser, like an old radio, it came through loud and clear: our world is complicated and is connected, and it’s beautiful.

Changing Perspectives offers a space to think about our immensely sophisticated bodies and physical environment. The series takes place over two months to explore what we don’t or can’t normally see, like what our bodies are made of and how they work. We want to challenge conventional connections between time, light and movement and we will do this by framing familiar ideas in unusual ways.

The starting point for a journey might be a Big Bang, where, like the Large Hadron Collider looking for the origin of the Universe, I create an image of my past, frozen in time. How was the image created, what did I do? Was I jumping, crouching or waving my arms? How fast did I go; what sound did I make? What muscles and bones did I use? And why do they work that way? Maybe I’ll look at a robot to find out, or see how an acrobat performs an amazing upside down swing. How did they do that? How did they learn that? How do I learn and how do I remember? How do I find out?

Only you can experience it: try it for yourself, on Saturday 19 March.

More about the research that inspires this event

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