Think Circus is proud to announce the creation of a circus film, Imagined Bodies.
Featuring seven circus artists, the film presents short duets exploring the negative thoughts that one third of adults in the UK experience in relation to their physical bodies.
Using disciplines including manipulation, acrobatics, theatre and spoken word, Imagined Bodies is a vibrant and explorative series of contemporary circus performances.
The creative idea for this film is embedded in the core values of Think Circus. Founder Kat Borrowdale discovered, through lived experience, that circus can be a powerful catalyst for changing negative attitudes about body image and self-worth. “Our vision is a supportive, connected society where all humans are incredible and equally celebrated”.
Responding to months of social isolation during the lockdowns of 2020, and increased focus on body image, the work is based around the insidious, everyday negative thoughts people experience in relation to their physical bodies.
Imagined Bodies explores the opposing forces of body appearance verses body capability. It exposes tensions between expectation and self-esteem, self discipline and compassion.
Videographer Paul Maguire and director Roanna Davidson create and capture this exploration into different individual approaches to body image, body control strategies, attitudes to exercise and movement and their effects on our wellbeing.
Curious, non-judgemental and good-humoured, Circus is an ideal medium to express our internal thoughts.
Imagined Bodies will premiere in May 2021 and will be available to view online at thinkcircus.co.uk.
Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland,