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19 Mar 2018

Leyla and I opened the Aalco Sales Awards dinner at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, with our sensual, high energy Aerial Sphere act.  Working with Black Fire Agency, FDG Creative and Bedrock Creative, we rigged our unique aerial sphere and two red silks for the circus themed event.

Following the meal, we closed the dining section of the awards evening with a ten minute long ambient silks set, before a live band played to guests on the dance floor.

 Our Sphere act, filmed by the Acro Chaps.

29 Jul 2016

The weather for the King George weekend at Ascot was a hot as in Ibiza. For the Saturday entertainment, a cocktail bar and white outdoor lounge area were set up by the events team at Ascot Racecourse, with Dj A-Roxx (Andy Critchlow) playing chillout music as guests took a break from watching the races.

I provided the aerial entertainment with four, twenty minute long sets of freestyle aerial silks dance to the Dj music throughout the day, in a white a multi-coloured Ibiza themed costume. The enquiry for the job came in on Monday night, and was confirmed on Thursday afternoon. I sourced and dressed a freestanding aerial rig, and really enjoyed making the structure become a part of area's the decor! I was able to erect this rig almost by myself, with three extra bodies helping for 10 minutes during the rig and de-rig of the structure. It stood at almost 6m height, and the space within the footprint was used by guests for dancing when I was not using the aerial silks.

This was a wonderful l...

29 Feb 2016

 

Leyla and I travelled to the Echo Arena Liverpool with Livestock Productions, to bring some aerial glamour to the BBC Worldwide Showcase 2016.

 

For the final evening of the event, we performed freestyle aerial hoop as guests entered the drinks reception. Claudine from Livestock Productions paired us with the beautiful voice of singer Sewuese, and her band, to create a sultry 1920s mood where the entertainment worked as a whole to welcome to the guests into a scene from the twenties.

 

 

The BBC had created a "Redrum" club in the arena space, to reflect the collection of crime series on promotion. Set designers used red cloths, a stylish copper cocktail bar and animated picture frames to transform the venue into a more intimate space.

 

Leyla and I began our twenty minute long set with a feather and 1920s cigarette holder, posing on our aerial hoops and interacting with guests. After two songs, we dropped our props and began to improvise to Sewuese's music. The finale of the set was a fast s...

2 Jan 2016

Late last year, Leyla and I performed our Aerial Sphere act at the wonderful Secret Winter Gala, with the event raising over £1million for charity, Save the Children.

Les Enfants Terribles recreated scenes from Alice's Adventures Underground (Vaults, Waterloo) in the beautiful Guildhall venue in London.

 

Leyla and I were made to look like the same person - Alice in Wonderland - with the help of wigs, matching costumes and makeup. We stood behind mirrors and interacted with guests as they enterted the party.

 

One of the evening's highlights was a performance by The Staves, to which we performed our aerial act.

 

 

Photos of the whole event can be found here on Flickr

 

 

 

22 Dec 2015

Leyla and I spent much of the Christmas season under the starcloth of the Bloomsbury Big Top. Most nights we were performers in Cirque Extraordinaire - a dinner show with aerialists and acrobats from around the world. But one night we joined theatre company Les Enfants Terribles and band Tankus the Henge to create "Tonight at the Empire" - a theatrical circus show.

 

 

14 Oct 2015

Science Museum Events Entertainment

 

Last night aerialist Desiree and myself performed in the hugely fun venue, the Science Museum, for Viva Aerial Dance.

 

The last time we were here was for the launch of the Who Am I exhibition, when we performed a silks act choreographed by Michele Laine to illustrate what the exhibition explored in epigenetics.

 

This event was a corporate reception, so we performed freestyle ambient silks as guests entered the building, followed by a six minute long focus act - the Viva Matrix silks routine.

 

Our rigger took some pictures of our performances:

 

 

 

 

Our performances were talked about on Twitter:

 

"Amazing #globalconference #compassgroup #Compasslife #lovemyjob"  -  @melhayes1

 

 

 "Stunning aerial silk artists for this evening's event"  -  @kimcsteel

 

-  @walker_a

 

26 Aug 2015

It's raining outside but it's definitely still the British summer time! However, this year, I'm finding myself planning for the Winter season of parties and promotional events in the last week of August.

I've recently been submitting proposals for Christmas events, so today I thought I'd create a new collage of entertainment ideas for my social enterprise, Circus Suburbia. There are so many creative and entertaining acts that I've worked with over the years, that the page makes for beautiful viewing! I love putting together packages and tweaking what we do for each client. Not only does it work better for the client to have bespoke entertainment, but it makes it more exciting for us too.

 

At Circus Suburbia we produce live entertainment for corporate parties and promotional events. This supports our outreach and education work in our local community and beyond.

 

As a solo aerialist I have a number of aerial and stilt acts for Christmas and winter themed events, and am always delighted to...

29 Jul 2015

Beautiful Glasshouse Venue at Wisley Gardens

 

I was extremely excited to be asked to return to RHS Garden Wisley this year for their second annual Arts Festival. The Glasshouse is bursting with the color and frangrance of lush vegetation in summer, with flowers bursting open and leaves illuminated by the sun. One of the gardeners helped me to reach the beams to rig my silks with a cherry picker, which they were also using to maintain plans which have grown high into the greenhouse roof. Just as last year, I picked a spot next to the waterfall and hired the PA system of Little Sister Blue to play a mixture of rat pack summer songs, Cirque du Soleil style music and joyous 1920s songs.

 

I am also available for bookings at private events held in the Glasshouse at Wisley, which is available for hire.

Picture by Daisy and Bow in Instagram

 

 

Amazing Audiences

 

Not only is the venue spectacular at Wisley, and the events teams lovely, but the audiences are appreciative and give me so much energy. It...

24 Jun 2015

We did it! Today we made history - thirty aerialists performed a synchronised aerial silks act for five minutes!

 

We were due to have up to five attempts at the routine which we have been tirelessly rehearsing, but managed to BREAK A WORLD RECORD on the first attempt. We now hold the Guiness World Record for most people performing aerial silks.

 

It was an amazing feeling, being in the air with 29 of the top aerialists from around the world, all moving together on beautifully coloured silks. The attempt was purely a gymnastic exercise, as we all concentrated with all our energy to perform the choreography perfectly and completely in time with each other. So we were very happy that we later performed the same act for guests at construction firm Mace's 25th anniversary celebrations.

 

Here is the Guiness World Record Breaking Routine, filmed by Mark Morreaux

A completely different feeling, there were drummers before our act, stunning lighting and we all performed for the audience's entertainme...

5 May 2015

 

I spent the last two weekends performing at glamorous events on aerial hoop, combining ambient aerial dance and aerial bar tending to entertain guests with something a bit different. Interactive aerial performance!

 

COMIC RELIEF BLACK TIE FUNDRAISER

 

#RNDGalaBall

 

The first weekend was with The Dream Performance at Old Billingsgate, where we wore red noses and floated in the air with balloons above our hoops.

 

The black tie event was organised by businessman Theo Paphitis, owner of Ryman Stationery and Robert Dyas, to raise money for charity Comic Relief.

Posing in silver catsuits with Amy Panter.

 

As guests entered the Old Billingsgate venue, Tink, Amy and I performed ambient aerial hoop dance and poured champagne into glasses from above.

 

We were lucky enough to stay after the drinks reception and watch three amazing entertainers take to the stage! Singer Lulu, comedian Lenny Henry and musician / comedian Kev Orkian.

 

Photo by Magic4Events

 

STUNNING WEDDING IN IRELAND

 

#thedesmonds2015

 

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