Help Aim To Fly make their first circus film

by Aim To Fly in Kintbury, England, United Kingdom

£1,127

raised so far

+ est. £12.50 Gift Aid

21

supporters

In response to Covid19 Aim To Fly are creating an accessible film celebrating the diversity, connection & resilience of our circus community

by Aim To Fly in Kintbury, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 30th January 2021 we'd raised £1,077 with 19 supporters in 14 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Aim To Fly is a Berkshire based circus company delivering high-quality inclusive circus performances and classes, for adults and young people of all ages and skill levels. Aim To Fly is formed with a diverse team of artists who are part of the Black, BIPOC, queer and disabled communities, as such we ensure we include all of these communities in everything we do. 

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THE PROJECT:

Coronavirus and all of the events of 2020 have had a strong impact on us all, not least the circus community, as we've been unable to meet, to train, to perform, and to connect the way we are used to, however, we as a community are resilient and have made the most of technology to turn this adversity into an opportunity to connect and share with people all over the world.

The film will reflect on the experience of our artists during the Coronavirus Pandemic in 2020, as part of the film we also provided an LED Hula Hoop Disco for the community in Newbury in December and over Zoom in January, to celebrate our resilience and to look optimistically to the future, by showing how we can all remain connected, build new connections, & play safely in the new normal. 

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WHAT WE'LL DO WITH THE MONEY

We've managed to receive funding from the Arts Council England to cover most of the costs associated with the film, however, to ensure our film is as high-quality and accessible as it can be we need to raise at least £1350 on top of the money we have raised from the Arts Council England. This money will go towards:

  • Professional BSL Interpretation
  • Transcription and subtitling
  • Audio Description
  • Artist Fees 
  • Project overheads (including Crowdfunding transaction fees etc)
  • Access a person in isolation with Arts sessions
  • Provide a child in poverty with fun sessions
  • Any additional money we make above our original target will be used to allow us to create safe accessible space and activities for LGBTQ+ communities, inspired by the film.

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THE PROJECT TEAM:

Aim To Fly Artistic Director & Founder, Mel Stevens, has taught dance and performance from the early ’90s. Since retraining following a spinal injury in 2003, Mel was the first physically disabled person internationally to gain her aerial teaching qualifications with Nimble Arts USA, along with sports coaching, personal training, accessible teacher training, and circus performance with Circomedia UK and began this journey as part of the London 2012 Paralympic legacy.

Since launching Aim to Fly in 2014 Mel worked with over 200 diverse bodies in UK & Europe and currently manages a crew of 12 professional circus artists, worked in France with the support of Fred Deb at Les Rencontres de Danse Aérienne delivering accessible arts to the local disabled community, & providing performances and public workshops for Readipop festival in the UK, and assisted Circomedia with the launch & delivery of ICAN workshops until the pandemic, and created teacher training for adapted aerials internationally to assist disabled artists having been mentored by Serenity Smith- Forchion to safely access the world of physical movement & self-expression.

More recently in Lockdown Mel has been busy supporting diverse people from LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities, and children in poverty, delivering safely accessible sessions.

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Documentary Filmmaker, Christian Britten
BAFTA-nominated Producer and Multi Award-winning Director Christian Britten has received notable acclaim across the breadth of his portfolio. His work has ranged from Channel 4 series ‘Random Acts’, to feature documentary, commercials, and music videos.

At the start of his career, Chris formed a tight collaboration with NoFit State Circus, his passion for performance art has seen him producing all of the circus’ visual content for the last decade.  Channel 4 Random Acts in which he also produced a film with World.

More recently the collaborative relationship with Shlomo culminated in a commission for BBC Arts - Culture in Quarantine series where they produced a film called RECONNECT: Digital Raving. Chris looks for the human stories buried beneath the blinding noise of superficiality and is passionate about using film as a tool for positive social influence.

Hula Hoop Choreography, Elly Clibbens Hula Hoop tutor and choreographer. Elly is an established performer and teacher, regularly performing at festivals including Glastonbury, Readipop and working with Frozen Light for years.

PERFORMERS

Joanna Dias
Amy Guayo
Em Williams

Harley Fox

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£30 or more

Help a person in crisis or isoloation

To reach a person in crisis or isolation and deliver a physical arts session over Zoom. Some members of our communities have been isolating long before the pandemic began due to poor access to the world, or fear of prejudice. Let's help break the cycle and show them we are all connected.

£1 or more

Our Thanks - No Reward Required

If you just want to support us with any amount of money, and don't want any reward for doing so, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

£5 or more

Our Thanks - Social Media

We'll include your name (or the name you nominate) in our list of "Thank Yous" on our Facebook when our film is released

£10 or more

Our Thanks - In Credits

We'll include your name (or the name you nominate) under "Supporters" in the credits reel of the final film. We'll also include you in our list of "Thank Yous" on our Facebook when our film is released

£10 or more

DIY Juggling Balls & Scarves Group Session (Zoom)

A ticket to a live group zoom class detailing how to make your own juggling equipment at home! Taught by Mel Stevens. You'll be able to watch live, ask questions, and receive a recorded copy to keep after the workshop. You can buy for yourself, or donate to a member of your chosen community.

£15 or more

Our Thanks - With a dedicated video

We'll send you a short video of Mel Stevens or one of the team thanking you, or the name you request, for your support. We'll include your name (or the name you nominate) under "Supporters" in the credits reel of the final film. We'll also include you in our list of "Thank Yous" on our Facebook when our film is released

£20 or more

Our Thanks & A Signed Photo (UK)

We'll send you an Aim To Fly photograph signed by Artistic Director & Founder, Mel Stevens, by post to anywhere in the UK. We'll also include your name (or the name you nominate) under "Supporters" in the credits reel of the final film. We'll also include you in our list of "Thank Yous" on our Facebook when our film is released

£25 or more

Our Thanks & A Signed Photo (International)

We'll send you an Aim To Fly photograph signed by Artistic Director & Founder, Mel Stevens, by post, to anywhere in the world. We'll also include your name (or the name you nominate) under "Supporters" in the credits reel of the final film. We'll also include you in our list of "Thank Yous" on our Facebook when our film is released

£50 or more

Private DIY Juggling Equipment Zoom Class

A private hour long Zoom class for you and up to 15 of your family, friends, colleagues, or teammates to learn how to create your own juggling equipment Taught by Mel Stevens. Plus your name included in our film credits as one of our supporters and included in our Social Media Thank You post.

£50 or more

1-2-1 Aerial Class with Mel Stevens (In Person)

An exciting opportunity to enjoy a 1-2-1 Aerial Class with Mel Stevens at Aim To Fly's base in Reading. Mel can teach Aerial Hoop, Silks, Aerial Yoga/Hammock. Prior to the session we will discuss what you want to learn during the session, as well as any adaptations we may need to make session accessible. Session must be booked during 2021. We'll also list your name in our film credits as one of our supporters and included in FB Thank You post

£70 or more

2-2-1 Aerial Session with Mel Stevens (In Person)

An exciting opportunity to bring a friend to a special 2-2-1 Aerial Class with Mel Stevens at Aim To Fly's base in Reading. Mel can teach Aerial Hoop, Silks, Aerial Yoga/Hammock. Prior to the session we will discuss what you want to learn during the session, as well as any adaptations we may need to make session accessible. Must be booked during 2021. We'll also list your name in our film credits & FB Thank You Post as one of our supporters.

£200 or more

Company Logo in our film credits with thanks

For companies that support individuals. Have your logo in our film credits, and raise the profile of your business. A great opportunity to raise awareness of your profile and sector. The cause must support either individuals of either *Disability, Mental Health, LGBTQ+, BIPOC & BAME Communities, Arts, Youth works, or Circus Arts.

£500 or more

Equipment to deliver sessions safely outside

To purchase a mini rig to deliver aerial sessions outside to communities in line with Covid 19 guidelines.

£500 or more

Corporate team events

Multi-skills workshop, with juggling, hula hooping, and aerial options for all. From trapeze to cocoons, for all abilities. 3 hours of activities, for up to 8 participants at a time ( To allow for socially distanced activities). Each participant will have an opportunity to try everything on offer.

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