Profile:Natalie Verhaegen

Natalie Verhaegen


Mixed Art Forma / Physical Theatre / Circus / Theatre / Dance


I am a movement director. I work primarily at present within the circus world, my work is about the powerful way that extended physicalised skills such as circus (but not limited to circus) can be harnessed to explain concepts and tell stories, and how the extension of gesture into the highly physical can make empathic moments more powerful.

I often focus on how highly physical skills can highlight issues such as the environmental show ‘The Asian Songbird Crises’ by The Silent Forest Circus and how applied analysis of movement can highlight LGTBQ+ issues through the Barbette Project. My physical theatre piece Skeleton Woman is a fable of a fisherman who finds a skeleton which looks at deeper meanings of untangling the things that scare us.

2020 allowed me to delved into artistic discoveries with choreography through digital presentation. Following on from my artistic research on my MA Directing Circus at Circomedia. ACE funded R&D exploring issues of multiculturalism using circus. I presented Skeleton Woman at Jacksons Lane Theatre, London and developed Conflict Resolution in residency at Theatre Deli, Old Library, London.

My background is in Contemporary Arts BA (Hons), Nottingham Trent University, 2005 explored the use and ownership of space through a variety of media: text, sculpture, photography, video, spoken word, projection and movement. Including site specific work, projections and performers in aerial harnesses. With the support of the ACE I trained in aerial arts touring nationally and internationally as a performer.

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