Aerial Technique to Movement Art - Neus Gil Cortés & Leo Hedman

24 & 25 January (4-7pm)

We are delighted to be hosting choreographer Neus Gil Cortés and rope artist Leo Hedman for a two-part creative lab/workshop exploring devising techniques that bring together aerial technique and movement. By applying different movement dynamics and textures to aerial sequences, Neus and Leo will guide participants as they explore ways of transforming raw aerial technique into something unique with character and emotional intent.

The workshop will be suitable for single point aerial artists with an intermediate to high skill level, especially those who specialise in rope or silks.

About Neus

Neus Gil Cortés is a choreographer, director and dramaturge. After graduating from CODARTS in 2006, Neus danced in some of the best companies in Holland and UK including Hofesh Shechter Company, National Dance Company of Wales, Protein and Dance Works Rotterdam. 

In 2015 Neus created her own company, Nua Dance, which often presents multidisciplinary work, and has recently premiered QUIMERA, a full-length piece which features circus and dance artists. Neus has taught and directed many circus artists of different disciplines, both at National Centre for Circus Arts, where she teaches movement to the BA students, and independently through her company's work.

About Leo

Leo Hedman is an aerialist, teacher and rigger who began training aerial over 20 years ago at Cirkör, Stockholm. Ever curious about new ways to explore aerial performance, Leo graduated with a BA (Hons) from the National Centre for Circus Arts in 2006 with the pioneering equipment aerial-plastic. Since then, Leo has explored performances with rope, silks, multi-corde, hoop and straps in various venues and events around the world.

Originally from an art background, Leo always seeks to create visually striking and strong imagery, often both unusual and beautiful but through a lens of the grotesque or horror, and with a non-binary and androgynous narrative.   

Leo has been teaching at the National Centre for Circus Arts since 2007 and also at DOCH, Stockholm. He also teaches at schools in Italy and Spain and leads workshops around the world.


The workshop will take place in the Combustion Chamber (CC) here at the National Centre.

To benefit from this workshop, participants will need to have intermediate to advanced skills in a single-point aerial discipline. The workshop will not involve the teaching of aerial skills, but rather the application of movement techniques to existing aerial skills.

Participants must be 18+ years of age.

Participants should ideally bring their own equipment. A limited amount of aerial apparatus will be available.

Participants will be asked to prepare three short sequences in advance of the workshop which they will then be asked to perform multiple times in a row as part of the workshop process.

If you have any questions about the workshop or your suitability, please e-mail or call 020 7613 8241.


Full Price: £65

ACDC Member/Degree Student Concession: £45

It is hoped that this will be the first in a series of workshops dealing with the integration of circus and dance. These prices have been set as an introductory offer in recognition that the creative lab format is being trialled.

Please book in person at Reception or call 020 7613 4141. Online booking is not available for this event.