Performing as a trapeze artist, actor, and session drummer in the UK tour of What Am I Worth? with Extraordinary Bodies, a collaboration of Diverse City and Cirque Bijou. This shot was taken from our performance on the Southbank in London, in the public performance space, outside the National Theatre.
WHAT AM I WORTH?
A GROUNDBREAKING CIRCUS SHOW TOURING SUMMER 2021
In a world where there is not enough to go around, survival hangs in the balance and people are made to prove their worth.
Against all odds, they dance, fly and sing on a tipping and spinning stage where the ground becomes the sky and the floor becomes the ceiling. Who will be left when the world stops spinning?
A circus show with original live music and groundbreaking physical physicality.
What Am I Worth? was made with 150 people – Citizen Artists – from across the UK and Ireland and originally toured in 2018. Every performance features local Citizen Artists who tell their own stories and sing. All performances are audio described and sign language interpreted. Touch tours are available 1 hour before each show.
The show features a short online prologue, made during the Covid-19 pandemic lock down in 2020. (coming soon)
Jonny Leitch – Cast Bio
Jonny Leitch is an extraordinary disabled drummer, who drums, performs and composes for circus and theatre shows. He has worked for companies such as Graeae, Cirque Bijou and Diverse City, so it was only natural that he would be cast for the new Extraordinary Bodies show. Since being a member of the company he has expanded his practice into dance and movement, both in and out of his wheelchair.
“It’s great to be in such a creative group with everyone bringing a completely different perspective to the world, that not only pushes me as an artist but as a person with a disability. A lot of change happened in my life in 2017 and I really feel the show helped me understand everything that happened. That I am worth access, happiness and that disability doesn’t set back the lives of others, but can enlighten and give joy to their lives.”
This show was amazing in terms of exploration and what we created. Going from acting to drummer to aerialist in seconds was amazing with the biggest takeaway being how much narrative can be shown through circus. I truly learnt how fun movement and circus is and how far I could push my own body and learn to work with others in creative and exciting ways.