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.