My name is Ellie and I am performance maker and director of contemporary circus based in a small village called Tayvallich on the West Coast of Scotland.
I make boundary pushing, adventurous, playful and innovative contemporary circus. Using circus in a thoughtful way to explore and deconstruct our world. Previous work includes a circus show made for one audience member at a time, contemporary performance performed by an adult and 2 children exploring how we treat children in our society and their relationship to risk and danger and an all female circus show that deconstructs the role of ‘showgirl’.
Upcoming work includes a circus show for babies, an experimental show exploring juggling and failure and an intergenerational circus show.
My work has toured across the UK and I will do my first international touring in Autumn 2017.
I also work as a director on other artists projects and run a rural Youth Circus in my village hall.
I won the Autopsy Award for experimentation from Summerhall and the Arches in 2015 and am currently an associate artist at Platform in Easterhouse. I am also a part of Articulation.
I like handstands, hill walking and Tunnocks Caramel Wafers bars.
Created with two young people from Easterhouse – Lennon, 11 and Olivia, 9 – Bird Bones is a physical exploration of our relationships to fear and death, and how they change as we get older. It investigates the moments in life when you feel indestructible, and the moments when you feel anything but. It interrogates how we view children and risk in contemporary adult culture, examining our protective instincts, and asking: what are we so afraid of? If dying really is such ‘an awfully big adventure’, why are we so scared of it?
Circus for one person at a time
Ringside. A girl on a trapeze. The ghost of every glamorous girl you’ve ever seen on a trapeze high up in the big top, performing to the roar of the crowd. But she’s up-close in this intimate one on one aerial performance made for your eyes only. You can hear her breathing, watch every muscle twitch, see the bruises as her body performs revolt not acceptance. Lots of sweat, no sequins.
I hope you never love anyone as much as I love you
This is a show that explores problematic love and country music. This is a show about the legends of country music, sell out tours and dying of a broken heart. It is about multiple affairs, cancelled gigs, falling to pieces and line dancing.