The sensational world of Miss La La

Friday 14 September, 6.30–8pm

Sainsbury Wing Conference Room 1

£32/£28 conc./£25 Members & Patrons

Explore the spectacular aerial feats of the circus

Join contemporary circus performer Blaze Tarsha and circus historian Professor Vanessa Toulmin as they uncover the hidden histories of female and black circus performers in the 19th century.

Learn how Degas celebrated the creative freedom and skill of the aerialist in his painting Miss La La and enjoy a breathtaking film of Blaze performing in response to the painting at this informal talk.

Please join us for a glass of wine afterwards.

About the speakers

Professor Vanessa Toulmin is joint curator of 'Circus! Show of Shows' an exhibition running at Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum. She is the founder of the National Fairground and Circus Archive at Sheffield University.

Blaze Tarsha is a performer and aerialist with NoFit State Circus. She has performed at many events and venues including Cirque Bijou at the Colston Hall in Bristol, Emerald Ensemble, The Swing Thing, Invisible Circus, and the Big Top at Glastonbury.

Image above: Blaze Tarsha in front of Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando, 1879 © The National Gallery, London