• Katie Hardwick

Silks Masterclass in Cornwall, October 2014

I am really looking forward to returning to my univeristy town to teach a day of silks in Falmouth next month!

Whilst studying English at Falmouth, I worked with Circo Kernow and Swamp Circus as a performer, teacher and choreographer. I still return to work with them regularly, travelling from London to teach in Falmouth, perform at the Eden Project and at a local events.

The classes on 26th October shall focus on giving students skills and knowledge which they can use in their ongoing training. I started the school year with teacher training at the National Centre for Circus Arts, where head of learning, Glen Stewart, taught NCCA teachers about injury prevention, the importance of global movements in workouts, correct posture for safe training, and we discussed ways to approach teaching aerial. I plan to teach next month's masterclass informed by this knowledge, looking at effective warm-up and conditioning exercises, stretches and releases specific to aerialists, and to give students the tools to explore aerial movement safely to create their own work. Plus some climbs and tricks of mine!

Below are a selection of images from aerial performances with Swamp Circus in Cornwall.

A night time silks performance in the Eden Project Mediterranean Biome.

An outdoor silks performance from a tree in Trebah Gardens.

An outdoor silks act at Heartlands, to celebrate the Olympic Torch entering the country in Cornwall.

An Olympic themed hoop and silks act which I choreographed for Swamp Circus, performed at Plymouth University ahead of London 2012.

A Kill Bill themed silks act performed at VW festival, Run To The Sun, near Newquay.

A Wizard of Oz themed silks act, commissioned especially for an Eden Project leaving party. I dressed as Dorothy with red glitter shoes and yellow silks. The aerial costume was made by Rachel Caulfield.

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