Helena Parsons is a performer based in Loughborough. She has worked as a dancer, stilt walker, fire performer, circus artist, children’s entertainer and many other things since the age of 14. Over the last several years she has worked with a number of companies including: Bill Brookman Productions, Genii Productions, The Desperate Men Theatre Company, Harley Entertainments, Area 51, The Shiny Red Apples and Novato Dance, and has gained invaluable experience having performed many roles and played many characters at various events and venues nation wide.
Helena graduated from Bath Spa University in 2010 with a BA (Hons) Dance. The subject areas were varied and included: Codified Technique, Dance Consciousness, Contact Improvisation, Choreography, Dance on Film and Intermedial Performance.
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Alongside her degree, Helena studied Static Trapeze with Circus Maniacs and Circomedia and she combined her interest in Dance and Circus for her dissertation – Alternative Approaches to Choreographing Circus Acts. This dew on her dance training as well as all the skills and experience she has gained over the years working with Bill Brookman Productions. She experimented with various circus skills and choreographed 3 routines, one for Hoop, one with Poi, and the final one an Aerial act.
The combination of dance and circus principles has been an interest of Helena’s for many years and she has created several high energy Poi routines in addition to her dissertation work. Here are a couple of examples:
As well as her work in the UK, Helena has been lucky enough to be involved in 4 international trips with The Bill Brookman Foundation. In Sierra Leone she taught dance and circus skills alongside 9 other international performers, this culminated in a Peace Festival and performance in Rokel. Helena has been to Haiti twice, once before the earthquake, once after. In 2006 she taught circus skills and dance to local artists who were part of Caravanne de la Paix, a UN project to spread the Peace message, and open discussions with communities by engaging an audience with performance. On her second visit she helped organise, fund and perform in a Memorial Concert one year after the earthquake. Her most recent trip was Somalia in Feb 2011. She again taught dance and circus skills to children and young people in Hargeisa, who put on a performance at the Maan Soor Hotel.