Using the ‘funambulism for all’ methodology, we are engaging 122 people in 4 counties in Ireland to train to be part of our wirewalking cast for the LifeLine highwire spectacle on 16th of July, 2022. We have partnered with Circus Factory Cork, Cloughjordan Circus Club, Dublin Circus Project, Galway County Council Arts Office, Cork County Council Arts Office, Tipperary County Council Arts Office and Dublin City Arts Office to recruit participants, specifically targeting marginalised groups to ensure social inclusion and diversity. Galway Community Circus’ funambulism tutors are traveling to each location to deliver wirewalking training.
Our tutors take participants through a 5-day course beginning on wires 0.5m from ground level and progressing to a highwire at 4m. As well as funambulism technique, the course includes training in anxiety-management and mindfulness to help participants overcome nervousness and fear and start their personal journey towards ‘achieving the impossible.’
While it varies between individuals, our pilot programmes have shown that most participants progress from complete beginner to confidently completing a highwire walk within 5 days.
LifeLine is produced and presented by Galway Community Circus and is funded by an Open Call award from Arts Council Ireland. Other funders, partners and contributors include Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Mental Health Ireland, Finnish Institute UK + Ireland, Galway City and County Councils, the European Centre of Funambulism, Circus Factory Cork, Cloughjordan Circus Club, Dublin Circus Project, Galway County Council Arts Office, Cork County Council Arts Office, Tipperary County Council Arts Office and Dublin City Arts Office.