Labyrinth Circus Show (Aerial Circus Therapy Show)

This show is being created by students with the view to develop their stage expression and performance skills. Arts Council England are funding expert professionals to come into the rehearsals to help us to reach our objective to create the most inspiring and uplifting show we have ever produced at Temple Cloud Circus.  

Labyrinth show. (Aerial Circus Therapy Show)

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol of wholeness which we will use for the show. The imagery of the circle and spiral combine into a meandering but purposeful journey.  The Labyrinth represents a journey or path to our own centre and back again out into the world.

Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. When we walk one it serves as a metaphor for life’s journey. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to our spirit, to “That Which Is Within.”

This sacred space is very similar to the space that any performer goes into when performing onstage, it is a magical and healing space, in this space none of life’s troubles can reach you, you will be completely transfixed in the moment. When in the moment we can not feel bad about the past or worry about the future. 

What is Mental Health? Below Defined by the World Health Organisation.

Mental health is “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community”, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).[1] Mental health includes subjective well-being, perceived self-efficacy, autonomy, competence, intergenerational dependence, and self-actualization of one’s intellectual and emotional potential, among others.[2] From the perspectives of positive psychology or holism, mental health may include an individual’s ability to enjoy life and to create a balance between life activities and efforts to achieve psychological resilience.[3] Cultural differences, subjective assessments, and competing professional theories all affect how one defines “mental health”.[4] Some early signs related to mental health problems are sleep irritation, lack of energy and thinking of harming yourself or others.

What was in the Application to the Arts Council 

Your Project: Create and present an Aerial Circus Therapy Show (now titled “Labyrinth”)

We also aim for the show to be educational, and include things like the example below:

Circus builds community and helps with self regulation and co-regulation after any disregulation following disassociation, panic attacks, anxiety or any other negative state. Which are part of the main symptoms of PTSD, anxiety or depression. Going into the air aids becoming present which is imperative to come back out of a negative state. It is not possible to be in the air and to not be present. The self preservation aspect of being in the air and its associated danger forces complete and total focus and concentration. This breaks the disassociation or being lost in a particular state of mind, bringing you immediately and completely into your body. This—plus all the positive endorphins released from exercise—gives the ability to channel negative energy into creative expression and the art of performing for people who might otherwise be excluded through their health conditions, in more traditional styles of main stream performance.

Who are the experts and what activities are provided ? 

Charlie Bicknell – Aerial Teacher and Performer. Workshop date 2rd April, 9am–1pm
Named ‘Most Unique Cabaret Artist’ in 2019, Charlie Bicknell specialises in singing aerial and all things very slightly insane. She has performed all over the world from Glastonbury Big Top and London’s Hippodrome to a car park in Australia and the basement of the Sydney Opera house. Seriously.

Shaena Brandel – ACT Show Consultant. To attend some rehearsals to help with the script and show structure.
An Irish aerialist, trained in the UK, with over 20 years’ experience as a performer, teacher and choreographer. She is Co-Director of award winning circus company Pirates of the Carabina (POTC), & her work with Barnz Munn developing the new discipline of counterweighted aerial has been hugely influential in the international circus community. She regularly consults as a creative director and aerial choreographer for a range of performance companies.

Hayley Ingle – Aerial Workshop Leader, ACT Teacher and Performer. Workshop date 9th April, 2pm-6pm
Hayley is one of the lead aerial teachers of Aircraft Circus London. Aircraft Circus London originally inspired Sammy to train in Circus in 2010. Hayley can teach triples and doubles, and has a vast and expert experience of aerial vocabulary.

Felipe Reyes – Extraordinary Straps and Hand balancing Teacher and Performer. Workshop date 23rd April, 12-4pm

Selina Keedwell – ACT Show Consultant in Verbatim Theatre. Selina will attend some rehearsals, to help with the script, storyline and show structure.