Glastonbury Festival is by far my favourite gig in the UK and I had the privilege to be performing there again this year for the 6th time since I moved to London.
The talent and professionalism in the Circus Big Top are unrivalled, especially within a festival context, where anything could go topsy-turvy anytime.. and it does! The work that goes behind the Big Top is just insane and the team are on top of it 24/7 – legends!
You just feel catapulted into a fantastical wonderland where all logic seems reversed, the perception of time goes out of the window and everyone is up for sharing their love for music and adventure… despite the treks it takes to move from one area to the other – work it!
This year’s glorious sunshine, the ban on single use plastic bottles, David Attenborough and The Cure made it for me the best Glasto ever so far.
Thank you Jade and everyone at the Circus Big Top for having me play and a special thanks to Shaun Dunbar, who was looking at us all from above and dancing with us every single day. RIP, dear Shaun ❤ ❤ ❤
2019 started with a real bang for me, as I manifested one of the gigs I had been wanting to do for a while – Rainbow Serpent Festival, Australia.
It was an incredible adventure flying to the other side of the world to share my art with a tribe of old and new friends.
This festival is unlike any others I’ve performed at before – with its beautiful site and art installations, incredible sound systems shooting a wide variety of music, there is at its very core a strongly felt desire to provide a platform for self expression, discovery and connection.
Big thanks to Rainbow Serpent and especially to the crew at the Fiasco stage for welcoming me and my hoops open heartedly. Australia, you are blowing my mind.
This Christmas brought me back to my roots as I got to spin fire every night with the amazing Grace Billings from Flame Oz, as part of the Cirque Lumiere Christmas parties – a circus extravaganza set in the beautiful Bloomsbury Big Top, London.
You may remember that Grace and I collaborated before, on the creation of ‘Teardrop’, an exquisite LED hula hoop act that combines dance and smart technology LED hoops.
This season we not only got to perform our hoop duo, but we also devised a sassy fire act that combines fire eating, fire ropes and lyco – HUGE FLAMES!
A lot of fun was had and I’m looking forward to fresh collaborations with Flame Oz in the new year. Thanks to the whole cast and crew in the Big Top, we made a lot of people happy!
The last few years of my career wrapped into a power shell.
Many thanks to Cirque Bijou, John Bishop, everyone at Blue Peter, Henley Festival and the Box, London.
Cut and edited by the amazing Thomas Johansson (thomas-johansson.com/).
Cover photograph by Simon Yin (simonyinphotography.com/)
Soundtrack: LCD Soundsystem.
I spent the last 3 months training and collaborating with some incredibly talented people in Ko Pha Ngan – Thailand. This was a particularly inspiring and fruitful journey and below are a few images to witness how Thailand truly is a place for artists and nature to meet.
And below is a short clip from my performance at the inaugural ‘Colours of Love’ festival on Why Nam beach. Thank you to Wild Sirenda for calling us into a higher vibration of love and cosmic connection.
When I grow up, I want to be a wild child with layers on
Embrace of the Serpent
“She taught him that one cannot take pleasure without giving pleasure, and that every gesture, every caress, every touch, every glance, every last bit of the body has its secret, which brings happiness to the person who knows how to wake it.”
Like an ever spinning wheel, life sets us a challenge when we least expect it, to test our courage and willingness to change…
‘Hoops In Motion’ is a wonderfully exciting journey, a piece of circus and visual arts, originally commissioned by John Bishop and further developed by Cirque Bijou and with support from the National Centre for Circus Arts.
Film by Thomas Johansson (thomas-johansson.com/)
Infinite gratitude to Julian Bracey, Howie Bailey and everyone at Cirque Bijou for trusting me with such a wonderful opportunity.