What Am I Worth? by Extraordinary Bodies.

Extraordinary Bodies is a UK circus company made up of D/deaf, disabled and non-disabled artists.

Joyful, radical and bold, the company’s new work What Am I Worth? is an accessible, large-scale, outdoor show that celebrates human values and the significance of self worth. Combining circus, live music and theatre, it will integrate sign language and audio description into the performance. An exceptional cast will perform on newly developed circus equipment, and community participation will be at the heart of the piece.

Creative exploration has taken place in 10 locations across the UK and Ireland in partnership with local communities. The show creation process begins with a residency at the National Theatre, London in October 2017.

Extraordinary Bodies was born out of a partnership between two pioneering British companies: Cirque Bijou, create memorable shows using circus, theatre, music, visual effects and technology; and Diverse City, cultural entrepreneurs who break barriers, transform performance and place diversity at the centre of everything they do.



From the partners

  • ‘Subcase is an annual showcase of contemporary circus presenting mostly Nordic work. It’s a perfect opportunity to rub shoulders in a more personal and intimate way with international presenters and Nordic circus artists, in order to find new markets and co-producers as well as to exchange knowledge and experiences. The attending presenters are mostly from Europe, US and Canada but also some from Asia and South America.’

    Kiki Muukkonen, Artistic Programming Director Subcase
  • ‘As one of the UK’s leading contemporary circus companies, celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we feel that we have an important role to play within the UK sector in inspiring, nurturing and facilitating the creation and circulation of great circus. NoFit State has always encouraged and supported the development of new talents at home and to now take fresh and exciting UK work into the world to international platforms is a seriously exciting prospect.’


    Tom Rack, Artistic Director NoFit State Circus
  • ‘Thanks to this collaboration between CIRCa, NoFit State Circus and Crying Out Loud, British circus will be present at the 30th edition of the CIRCa festival du cirque actuel, which showcases the upcoming circus trends every year in Auch. For the past 10 years, there has been an exceptional renewal of the art form in Europe. We are proud to present the best contemporary artists, those who speak the universal language of contemporary circus, whose work is not defined by borders.’

    Marc Fouilland, CIRCa Director
  • ‘Spotlight UK Circus is an excellent new opportunity for UK based circus artists to improve their financial resilience and develop professionally by performing their work overseas on new platforms. Crying Out Loud has been forging international partnerships for 14 years and is delighted to join forces with NoFit State and are hugely grateful to Arts Council England who initiated the International Showcasing fund.’

    Rachel Clare, Artistic Director Crying Out Loud

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