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Imagined Bodies Circus Film - Premiere Event

Dance, juggling, acrobatics, theatre and filmography come together to make Imagined Bodies a vibrant and explorative series of contemporary circus performances.

Responding to months of social isolation during the lockdowns, 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.

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”. Curious, non-judgemental and good-humoured, Circus is an ideal medium to express our internal thoughts.

Imagined Bodies

Join us for the official premiere of the Imagined Bodies circus film!

This will be the first ever public viewing of the film, and will be followed by a panel discussion with director Roanna Davidson, lead artist Kat Borrowdale and filmmaker Paul Maguire.

We hope to share some insight into the creative process when working remotely, devising circus for screen and the exploration of our relationships with our bodies. The research for undertaken prior to this project highly influenced the process, if you would like to find out more you can visit the Think Circus blog or subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the interviews as they are released.

Think Circus

We use social circus to improve lives through play and connection.

Our small team of performers, facilitators and creators is based in Leith, Scotland. We are brought together by a belief that playfulness, connection and quality are really important and have been collectively creating circus for over a decade.

Our vision is a supportive, connected society where all humans are seen as incredible and equally celebrated.

Since Think Circus CIC began in 2017, we have delivered workshops and shows across Scotland with over 4,000 participants. We love collaborating with local and national organisations such as YMCA, LGBT Youth, the National Trust, the Greenspace Trust and Sustrans. Our proudest achievement has been delivering our regular programmes to women, young people and families in Leith, where neighbouring areas to our teaching venue are found in the bottom decile of the SIMD.

Funded by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland


Fri 21st May
7PM - 9PM

Tickets: FREE

Book: Eventbrite