Bodies in Flight in their 17th performance project GYMNAST delves into our fascination with the athlete’s drive to physical excellence, their supreme attention to bodily task, the high point on the parallel bars, the thousands of minute adjustments needed to hold that still.

In collaboration with video-artist Tony Judge and composer Jen Bell and Night Bus Choir, GYMNAST uses the training session as both source and structure, from warm-up routines to the display of gymnastic exercises, from novice to expert, to explore the continuing power of the Olympian ideal of athlete as interface between human and superhuman, the mortal and the divine.

Bodies in Flight have recently received both Arts Council England support through grants for the arts and a Creative Innovation Research and Development grant supported by the Legacy Trust UK and the European Development Fund for this exciting new project. We will begin work in January in residence at Dance4 and working with local gymnasts in Alfreton, Notts Gymnastics Academy in Rushcliffe, Sharley Park and Tibshelf

This is a Dance4 Co-Commission with Ferment.