Dissecting Aerial 2024

Feedback from two days of presentations, talks and practical sessions that investigate the body in motion, particularly whilst aerial. Dissecting Aerial 2024 will be live and in-person in Brighton AND live-streamed globally.

‘There is really nothing like it as symposiums go.  It offers pertinent, current, practical information to teachers and learners everywhere.  This capacity to connect with information and with people across time zones and boundaries moves the sector forward, deepens our practice, and brings us together’

‘I wanted to share that the Sunday of the symposium was a bit life changer for me, in particular the presentation by Dr Jessica Eccles’(@drbendybrain) 

For me the stand-out presentation was the Spin-Poesium by Ash. I loved it! They explained and demonstrated so clearly I actually understood the science for the first time. Thank them, you and all involved to make it happen.’ 

‘Just a brief note to say that I loved working my way through the recordings – brilliant and inspiring’

‘The opportunity to watch-listen to the re-play was greatly appreciated, we all have such different interests and questions and Dissecting Aerials is able to offer a diversity of information to everyone’

‘Dissecting Aerial is a rarity in continuing education experiences.  It offers hands-on workshops and lectures with take-aways to a members of the aerial community who are performers, amateurs, students and teachers.  It has accessibility at its core, enabling people to participate from all over the world, at any time (via playback), with simultaneous and recorded transcriptions to facilitate hearing and transcription.’

The event

Showcasing practice, pedagogical and personal approaches to healthy and sustainable practice from aerial artists, researchers, body workers, medical and sports science practitioners from across the globe.

Join us in person at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in Brighton, from your home or personal studio, or with a group of peers/students as a Virtual Studio Hub to listen and be lead through 12 different presentation sessions (with space for Q&A’s) from world renowned practitioners and speakers.

Maintain connections in-person and virtually, locally and globally and to celebrate what unites us: our mutual passions for aerial practice and to revel in the diversity of those.

Line-Up & Speakers

The diversity of speakers and presentation topics this year is very exciting, just lookee here:

  • The Kinstretch® method
  • Body of Worth – ‘self-esteem and body image in the aerial industry’
  • Bendy bodies, bendy brains
  • Spin-poseium – The Art of Spinning
  • Relaxed Spaces and Access Notes within the Circus Industry
  • Aerial performance innovation in the late 19th century
  • The highs and lows of navigating a career in the aerial arts
  • What do we know about MSK injuries in circus athletes? A systematic review of current evidence
  • Engaging ‘WeMovetogether’ digital tool for motor learning and musculoskeletal rehabilitation
  • ‘When the rope frays’ – burnout & compassion fatigue
  • Creating safe and brave spaces to flourish in aerial performance and creation
  • Pilates for aerialists
  • Creativity and risk: how to responsibly bring aerial invention into classrooms and studios
  • Boom!

Presenters bios and topics

‘Dissecting Aerial’ 2024 -timetable

Tickets Now On Sale Below!
How To Take Part In Dissecting Aerial 2023

In-Person: buy an in-person ticket for both or just one day and join us at ACCA. Make sure you have pens and paper / devices to take notes.

Stream Online as an Individual: buy an Online Individual ticket and log onto the streaming platform on the day(s) you’re attending. Make sure you have pens and paper / devices to take notes and access to apparatus in a safe space for the practical sessions.

Stream as a Virtual Studio Hub: Buy a Studio Hub ticket, log onto the streaming platform on the day(s) you’re attending, show the stream on a screen that the whole group can easily see. Make sure you have pens and paper / devices to take notes and access to apparatus in a safe space for the practical sessions.

At least 1 week prior to the event, the timetable will have details of what equipment you will need for each day.

To accommodate international attendees and time-zone differences, everyone who attends Dissecting Aerial 2024 will be given access to recordings of each presentation session. Access links will be provided by 10:00 on Wednesday 27th March and will be available until 23:59 on Sunday 21st April UK-time.



Early-bird discounts available up to 20% off! (available until Friday 8th March 2024)

Subsidised places:

There are 2 subsidised places available for Dissecting Aerial 2024 – offering 50% off the cost of activity – expressly for people that identify as underrepresented in the sector. We want to make these places available to as wide a range of people and practices as possible.

We understand “underrepresented in the aerial sector” to include (but not be limited to): disabled artists, artists from the global majority, artists from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, artists with care responsibilities, artists who are LGBTQIA+.

To apply for a subsidised place, email Lindsey with a brief description of:

  • yourself in relation to the criteria
  • your practice
  • how you feel attending the symposium will develop your practice – what are you hoping to get from it.

Please send us your application information at info@gravity-levity.net before 23:59 on Thursday 29th February. We will notify those successful by email on Friday 1st March.


Access Provision and notes
  • This session will be in English on Zoom.
  • Live captioners will be present throughout the symposium.
  • Visual material will be described.
  • This will be a relaxed space and you will not be put on the spot.
  • Please communicate as it works for you (emojis, gestures, augmentative and alternative communication, speech, etc).
  • We will strive to create a relaxed space. You are welcome to have your camera on or off, if joining remotely, please take breaks as needed.
  • There will be a formal five-minute break between speakers.
  • We will use content notices (and discuss what they are and how to use them) for any intense material.
  • Everything is optional.
  • Sign language interpretation is unfortunately not provided at this event, we simply can’t cater for an interpreter to be available for every country attending – apologies.
  • Please do let us know in advance if you have any additional access needs and we will endeavour to meet them, email Lindsey on info@gravity-levity.net
Bookings Now Open
In-person individual ticket

Dissecting Aerial 2024, 23-24 March 2024, for in-person attendance at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts in Brighton, UK.

Early Bird: 2 days: £125 // 1 day: £75 (available until 23:59 Fri 8 Mar)
Full Price: 2 days: £150 // 1 day: £95


Online individual ticket

Dissecting Aerial 2024, 23-24 March 2024, via online streaming, for 1 individual.

Early Bird: 2 days: £95 // 1 day: £60 (available until 23:59 Fri 8 Mar)
Full Price: 2 days: £110 // 1 day: £75


Studio Hub ticket

Dissecting Aerial 2024, 23-24 March 2024, via online streaming, for 1 group of up to 10 people, in 1 physical location.

Early Bird: 2 days: £375 // 1 day: £225 (available until 23:59 Fri 8 Mar)
Full Price:  2 days: £450 // 1 day: £275


Recordings Only - Dissecting Aerial

Dissecting Aerial 2024, 23-24 March 2024, recordings only, for 1 individual.

One Day:  1 day: £60
Both Days:  2 days: £95


Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel your ticket 6 weeks or more before the event, we will happily to offer a full refund*. Cancellations up to 4 weeks prior to the event, will receive a 50% refund*. It will not be possible to refund* cancellations up to 2 weeks prior to the event. Please consider this when purchasing your ticket.

*Credit card processing fees and the 3% Stripe admin fee cannot be refunded.



In-person: Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (or ACCA) is set within the University of Sussex grounds, the sunniest campus on the island (allegedly), on the edge of the South Downs National Park with the bright lights of Brighton just 10 mins away by train. Info on getting there by train, bus and car.

Online: via an online event platform TBC.



The campus will be open so there will be some shops and cafes open on campus, however it is advisable to  bring lunch and snacks with you for the day. Tea and coffee will be provided.