Introduced by Dea Birkett, Director of 'Kids in Museums' and ringmaster of Circus250, join Professor Vanessa for an illustrated talk on the charismatic and trail blazer women who have defined circus over the past 250 years covering performers across the centuries in feats of strength, agility and skill. Including Zazel, the first human cannonball act, Miss La La made famous by Degas, Lulu Adams one of the first female clowns and the mesmerising power of Koringa, female Fakir and French Resistance heroine. Modern day heroines such as Yasmin Smart, equestrianne and Nell Gifford whose sheer drive produced the first female circus owner. Their stories will enchant, inspire and confound as we take a journey through the women that made circus the pulsating artform it is today.
Professor Vanessa Toulmin is Chair of Early Film and Popular Entertainment at the University of Sheffield. She provided academic advice to the exhibition Decades of Delight and is also the academic advisor for Circus 250.
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