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Student choreographs Paralympic aerial spectacle

Posted on 28/08/2012
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Tina Carter has been a practising aerialist for 20 years.

A PhD student from the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies is behind the aerial display that will form part of the Paralympic opening ceremony tomorrow night.

Tina Carter has spent the past four months training the performers for the ceremony, which she hopes will leave audiences mesmerised.

The opening ceremony is called Enlightenment and will feature deaf and disabled artists, local children and performers newly trained in circus skills. Injured soldiers and past Paralympic athletes are among the cast.

Although sworn to secrecy, Tina says: “I have worked with anyone who is in the air. We have only had four months, from start to finish, so it has been very intense. I can’t believe that the ceremony is tomorrow.”

Tina has been a practising aerialist for the past 20 years and is currently completing her PhD on the disabled aerialist.

She explains: “I have worked with a diverse range of people with varying levels of disabilities, which is how I met the Aerial Director of the Paralympics ceremony. He started asking me lots of questions and I was asked to get involved. It has been the experience of a lifetime. I have learned so much from this and will take so much away from the experience.”

The Paralympic opening ceremony will be broadcast on Channel 4. For more information visit the Channel 4 website.


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