Gravity & Levity is an aerial dance company specialising in vertical dance, maximising the creative potential of artists, and developing audience imagination.

Artistic Director, Lindsey Butcher, launched the company in 2003 to explore the creative and expressive potential in applying a dance aesthetic to aerial suspension techniques, through artistic development, teaching and live productions.

We strive to create and present innovative aerial dance that redefines what and where a dance floor can be both for an audience and for ourselves. We present work that is accessible, relevant and offers an alternative perspective on traditional aesthetics in both dance and circus.

Running in parallel with our live production work, we are passionate about instigating, creating and developing quality training events and professional development opportunities for emerging and established professional aerial artists and teachers. You can find out more about our workshops, creative labs and symposium events in the Professional Development section of this site, and don’t forget to check out our annual European Aerial Dance Festival.

Read more about our development from that first commission in 2003

In 2003, we successfully applied for the Jerwood Circus Award to create a vertical dance duet, ‘Why’ with choreographer Fin Walker, which was presented at the Royal Opera House’s, Floral Hall, Covent Garden in 2004.

The creation of this piece was a key instigator for Gravity & Levity’s first touring theatre production, ‘Taking Flight.

On ‘Taking Flight’, we brought together 6 different pieces, (3 live and 3 film) and wherever possible, sited them in varying locations and facings, inviting the audience to move around the work and make choices about their proximity and physical relationship to the work.

Fundamental to all of the pieces was a genuine fascination to explore the range of movement, dynamic and suspension gained whilst working at improbable angles, or when the dancers familiar relationship to the floor, weight and gravity was substantially changed.

Working with collaborators with whom the AD had already established a strong professional working relationship and physical dialogue grounded us in a strong foundation from which to begin exploring new work and territory.

It was quite an ambitious undertaking for a 1st touring production and easier said than done!

With ‘Shift’, our next touring production (2008), having learnt valuable lessons on ‘Taking Flight’, the initial ambition was to simplify the complex process of making and touring an aerial dance production. We wanted this piece to offer the same shifts in perspective and viewing choice to the audience, but to make it a more intimate experience by siting all the pieces within the same cohesive environment, thus containing it.

This production was ‘design led’, with the idea that the set would have its own journey through the performance, influencing and being influenced by the choreography and encouraging an organic co-existence between the pieces, whilst retaining the variety & versatility of a mixed programme. Phew, did I say simplify ….

Designer, Mish Weaver, responded to the working title ‘Shifting Planes, Emerging Landscapes…’ and the fact of aerial choreography, by seeking to move the set from a state of ground based solidity, through a measured outburst into the space and the air, to a point of disarray.

That was ‘Shift’.

Our 2014 touring production ‘Rites of War’, made in collaboration with choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller had narrative as it’s main driver.

‘Rites of War’s ambition was to play during a period of remembrance as a meaningful, relevant and powerful work that would stimulate thought and debate, evoke empathy and speak of ordinary people in extraordinary situations, joining a growing body of work that responds to wars fought in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11.

With the aerial work in ‘RoW’ we were very clear that if it didn’t add to or (forgive the pun), heighten the narrative and impact it didn’t go in. We didn’t want to use aerial ‘trickery’ for its own sake, it had to earn its place.

In this instance the aerial dance element was used variously to stretch time, play with distance and proximity and at times, shift the audiences perspective of the action upending the dance floor to give a birds eye view of the action.

One of the ambitions for ‘RoW’ was to take the piece into alternative venues beyond the scope of our usual theatre touring circuit. The end of the Spring tour saw us mounting the piece in an active military hangar on an airfield as part of a commemoration event and in a church as part of our Autumn tour.

In a quest to further engage with new audiences and spaces, we began R&D for a new piece, working title ‘An Ordinary Grief’, in 2019. Our aims at this stage are to create an intimate aerial dance performance/installation for a ‘non-conventional’ performance venue. Let’s see where this one leads us…

The Company

Gravity & Levity exists as a project-based company and has a rich history of collaborating with extremely talented and respected artists, producers and technical management, many over several projects and operating under the Artistic Direction of Lindsey Butcher.

Artistic director

Lindsey ButcherLindsey Butcher

Since graduating from London School of Contemporary Dance, Lindsey has worked with numerous dance, opera, physical and street theatre companies both in the UK and internationally as dancer, aerialist, teacher, choreographer and advisor. These include; Extemporary Dance Theatre, Random Dance Co (Brighton Festival), Walker Dance/Park Music, Darshan Singh Bhuller, Charlie Morrissey and Small Wonder, Vincent Dance Theatre, Siobhan Davies Dance Company, Royal Danish Ballet, English National Ballet, Glyndebourne Opera, and Slovenian National Opera.

In 1989, Lindsey joined Ra – Ra Zoo Circus Theatre. Her circus credits to date in various roles as peformer, advisor & choreographer include: No Ordinary Angels, Green Candle, Amici Dance Theatre Co, Gandini Juggling Project, The Dream Engine, Desperate Men, Caravan Stage, Scarabeus, Momentary Fusion, Tango and Crash, Same Sky, ‘True’ with Fierce, ‘Wallpaper’ with Bedlam and Physical Recall, Fidget Feet Aerial Dance, Drapes Aeriens, Stumble Circus, Yes/No’s ‘Lost and Found Orchestra’, Graeae’s ‘Prometheus Awakes’, ‘The Exhibitionists’ for Piccadilly Circus, Metta Theatre, Upswing, and RoguePlay Theatre.



Kevin Finnan


Lindsey Butcher
Darshan Singh Bhuller
Charlotte Vincent
Fin Walker
Charlie Linehan
Yael Flexor
Mish Weaver
Luke Cresswell/Steve McNicholas


Guy Adams
Johnny Autin
Lindsey Butcher,
Richard Causer,
Jonothan Campbell,
Lee Clayden
Vanessa Cook
Annelein Goetshalchx
Jamie Higgins
Magalie Lanriot,
Nicholas Minns
Charlie Morrissey
Nikki O’Hara
Jennifer Paterson
Scott Smith
John Paul Zaccarini


Thor McIntyre Burnie
Peter Coyte
Jym Daly
Ben Park
Nye Parry
Scott Smith
Daniel Weaver

Set Design

Mish Weaver
Will Reynolds
Steve Edgar

Rigging Design/technicians

Jonothan Campbell

Seth Allen, Steve Bellfield, Lee Clayden, Soren Nielsen, Alex Poulter, Tom Ratcliffe, Ben Smith, Joe White, Ilya Varty

Costume Design

Holly Murray
Ben Maher
Amanda Griffin

Lighting Design

Lucy Carter
Rich Garfield
Michael Mannion
Will Reynolds

Film/documentary makers

Mark Morreau
Will Reynolds (Rites of war)
Carl Stevenson (‘From Where I’m Standing’ from ‘Taking Flight’ film)
Becky Edmunds (‘The Way I See It’ from ‘Taking Flight’)
Jane Hodge (‘Wallflower’ from ‘Taking Flight’)

Tech and production team

Rich Garfield, Adam Hooper, Lee Kennedy, Dave Lam, Greg Mickelborough
Jem Noble, Sean Phillips, Tali Rowland, Marcia Stephenson, Steve Watling


Mark Morreau
Johan Persson
Norton Asbury
Jym Daly
Zoe Manders
Elaine Mayson

Creative Consultants/Advisors

David Loyn, (BBC Afghanistan correspondent, Rites of War)
Darshan Singh Bhuller, (Siren Song)
Charlie Morrissey, (Taking Flight & Re-flex)
Matilda Leyser, (‘Falling Up’ from ‘Taking Flight’)
Flick Ferdinando, (‘From Where I’m Standing’ from ‘Taking Flight’ film)

Rigging Design Engineers

Neal Fletcher, Simon York
Mike Barnett (Karris Engineering)
Stage Technologies
Steel The Scene

Research Practitioners

Siobhan Davies, (‘Proposition lab’)
Fin Walker, (‘Proposition lab’)
Melly Still, (‘Proposition lab’)
Christian From, (‘Rites of War’)
Ruth Janssen, (‘Rites of War’ and new R&D)
Welly O’Brien, (‘Rites of War’ R&D, Crawdaddy research)
Naomi Giffen, (‘Siren Song’)
Hazel Maddocks, (‘Siren Song’)
Anna Seymour, (Crawdaddy research)
Carrie Whittaker, (‘Siren Song’)
Mickael Marso Riviere, (‘Shift’)

EADF, PALI, Vertical dance lab and CPD tutors

Alex Allan
Gareth Bailey
Jacques Bertrand
Sacha Blanchard
Lauren Breunig
Lindsey Butcher
Jonothan Campbell
Tina Carter
Gary Carter
Richard Causer
Lee Clayden
Kat Cooley
Fred Deb
Bryan Donaldson
Sarah Bebe Holmes
Rachel Freeman
Rosario Garcia
Suzon Gheur
Naomi Giffen
Mark Glover
Jamie Higgins
Shereen Hussein
Lydia Lara
Magalie Lanriot
Kate Lawrence
Sarah Lloyd
Alfa Marks
Chantal McCormick
Vicki Mcmanus
Kieran Melikoff
Lorraine Moynehan (Flo)
KJ Mortimer
Aisling Ni Cheallaigh
Danilo Pacheco
Jennifer Paterson
 Sarah Poole
Ana Prada
Lil Rice
Saar Rombout
Lyn Routledge
Roel Seeber
Ziggy Slingsby
Serenity Smith
Mel Stevens
Kalina Suter
James Tindell
Mish Weaver
Amy Wellbourn
Oliver Smith Wellnitz
Philippa Vafadari
Stephanie Yipp

Symposium speakers

Jess Abouzeid
Erin Ball
Gingersnaps Burlesque
Lindsey Butcher
Amelia Cavallo
Katy Chambers
Tina Carter
Gary Carter
Dr Jen Crane
Dan Edwardes
Sarah Bebe Holmes
Rachel Freeman
Danielle Garrison
Rachel Freeman
Miriam King
Dr Nicky Keay
Dr Dean Kriellaars
Kate Lawrence
Moira McCormack 
Laura Pero
Debbie Reynolds 
Saar Rombout/Francesca Hyde
Ziggy Slingsby
Serenity Smith
Rachel Strickland
Dr Emily Scherb
Natalie Thompson
Stuart Waters
Dr Fleur Vans Rens
James Wellington
Danielle White
Prof Matt Wyon
Stephanie Yipp


Chenine Bhathena – (‘Taking Flight’)
Emma Haughton/Arts Agenda – (‘Shift’, ‘Siren Song’)
Judith Hibberd – (‘Rites of War’)
Lucy Smith, (‘Rites of War’ to present day)

Board of Directors

Emma Haughton
Andrea Brooks
Dr Penelope Lynch

Job Vacancies

G&L have no roles to fill at present.


G&L are not currently auditioning for Company members

Other Opportunities

G&L are currently seeking new board members. Please get in touch