Layla is a creator and director of her own work as a circus artist, theatre maker and visual artist.
She is also a founder member of the acclaimed performance collective Shunt with whom she has created large scale site specific performance for 10 years as an artist and performer.
Graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA joint honours degree in English and Drama. Trained at The Circus Space in a range of Aerial disciplines specialising in Static Trapeze and Corde Lisse. Layla is an accomplished singer with a powerful alto voice.
Layla Rosa Projects
Direction / Choreography / Creation / Performance
A performance installation of Aerial, Visual and aural art.
La Breche, Cherbourg 2010
Jacksons Lane, London and Nuffield Theatre Southampton 2010
The Roundhouse, London2007
Shunt Vaults, London and Circus futures Bristol 2006
Strings on Strings
A choreography with 3 corde lisse and a string quartet created with composer Max Ringham.
Stratford Circus and Jacksons Lane, London 2010
Shunt Vaults, London 2009
Double corde lisse Shunt Lounge, London and Glastonbury Festival 2009
A call and response between aerialists, bellydancers and vocalists.
St. Magnus Festival, Orkney 2008
Shunt Lounge March 2008
A blindfolded movement investigation on Corde lisse
The Gilded Balloon – Edinburgh Festival 2003
Croydon Shorts film festival - Croydon clocktower 2003
A static trapeze / silks piece (as a solo, duet or trio)
Womad Festival Gran Canaria Nov.2003
Brighton Circus Festival and Brick lane International Festival London 2003
Performance / Choreography / Creation
Money Creator Shunt at Bermondsey 2009 - 2010
Amato Saltone Alabama Shunt Vaults 2005 - 2006
Shunt / National Theatre
Tropicana Goldie Shunt Vaults 2004 - 2005
Shunt / National Theatre
Dance Bear Dance Khazakstan Arch 12a London 2002 – 2003
Sightings Swimmer Croydon Clocktower 2001
The Tennis Show Ball Girl Museum of… Oxo Tower 2000
Shunt Cabaret Aerial pieces and video installation Arch 12a London 1998 – 2003
Metta Theatre – Points of Light Upcoming Purcell rooms July 2010
Aerial design and choreography
Unlimited Theatre – Mission to Mars
Aerial design and choreography Polka Theatre 2010
London Youth Circus at The Circus Space
Aerial Choreographer for Change 2010
Out of Sight 2009
Eye of the Storm 2008
The case of the double tall man 2007
Marisa Carnesky’s Ghost Train
Aerial consultant and performer London 2005
Resident aerial director with this arabic music / artist collective – commissions include;
The Albany Theatre London, Union chapel London, Winds Blues Club Zurich
Koln International Festival, Paradiso, Amsterdam.
Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
Outdoor aerial spectacle with live music by Nitin Sawney. Monsoon Mela, Bow, London 2004
Geraldine Pilgrim / Corridor productions
Creator of site specific aerial performance and installation for;
Spa – Elizabeth Garret Anderson Hospital London 2003
Dreamworks – St. Pancras Chambers London 2002
Mama’s Kitchen is a curatorial project dedicated to physical, visual and aural experimentation and showcases work from a diverse and international range of circus, visual and sonic artists, it also includes a live music programme.
Rachel Clare Rose English
Crying out Loud Walks on Water
Toynbee Studios Studio 0
28 Commercial Street 27 Langham Street
E1 6AB W1