Dr Jess Allen

Jess trained as a dancer, latterly with an MA in dance performance from Coventry University and a practice-based PhD in performance and eco-activism from the University of Manchester. She has worked as dance lecturer (contact improvisation/somatics/community dance) and as an aerial performer (counterweight/bungee) for Full Tilt Aerial Theatre, Invisible Circus and inclusive companies Blue Eyed Soul and Everybody Dance, co-leading aerial workshops for disabled and nondisabled children and adults. Her circus experience comes from intensives at Circus Maniacs (Bristol) with a focus on corde lisse and further training with Justine Squire and Rowan Fae. She is a certified AeroZen aerial yoga teacher. jessallen.org.uk | awyrol.co.uk


Hannah Darby

Hannah started her performing life early; from a young age she was part of Rubicon Dance groups in Cardiff which lead her to volunteer teaching in some of the younger classes. This gave her strong movement foundation and a love for sharing and exploring movement. Around the same time she started attending evening classes in aerial and acrobatics with NofitState, before going on to study Circus and Physical Theatre at Circomedia in Bristol. After graduating 10 years ago Hannah has had a diverse professional career and performed with a range of companies in many styles and environments; from large-scale celebration productions and international festivals to small creative projects in intimate settings. Alongside teaching at Small World Theatre, Hannah is also an associate artist with Citrus Arts (a Wales-based circus, dance and physical theatre company) with whom she has spent the last 4 years touring, teaching and directing.