A new event is happening in Bristol this September and the city’s residents are being encouraged to not just come and watch, but to get involved. This September the city will host Doing Things Differently, an event celebrating equality and participation for every body, hosted by Bristol City Council and Diverse City.
Audiences will be invited to see accessible shows from a range of performing companies, to experience new thinking from an unlikely collection of minds and to explore inclusion and diversity with friendly experts. At the centre of the event there will be an incredible free show in Castle Park, Weighting by Extraordinary Bodies, that celebrates Circus for Every Body.
Extraordinary Bodies is a professional integrated circus company who specialise in outdoor arts, circus and theatre spectacles. Weighting is a high rig performance, set to a moving original score, complete with a mass community choir, BSL interpretation, audio description and touch tours. The outdoor spectacular which will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, will be one in a series of events taking place across the city and is open to all.
In addition to the free performances, organisers are calling on the public to get involved – Extraordinary Bodies need singers to join a unique, 200 strong community choir to accompany the performances of Weighting. The choir is led by well known South West choirmaster Colin Rea who said, “We want to attract everybody and anybody to the mass choir – whether you like to warble in the shower, sign songs in BSL or Sing at Colston Hall – we want to see our choir reflecting the make up of the wonderfully diverse city of Bristol, performing alongside our circus performers”.
The company is also on the hunt for two ‘Unexpected Leaders’ who will be given a unique opportunity to fulfil their leadership potential through a bursary from Diverse City and one-to-one coaching. The selected pair will be linked to arts organisations in the city and to a national network of established leaders so that they can continue to ‘do things differently’ beyond September, leading to a 2 day conference in December.
Over the course of the weekend, the public will also have the chance to play with ideas and performance skills through a series of practical sessions and talks that challenge how we could all do things differently.
Further information will be released over the coming months. In the meantime if you would like to sing in the community choir, get in touch by e-mailing Rachel Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org or go to Doing Things Differently for more details.