What are we about
We are an acrobatic duo with a unique blend of skills in circus and contemporary dance. Since the beginning of our collaboration we have sought to push and refine our use of hand-to-hand acrobatics, dance and storytelling.
Our mission is to achieve strong storytelling while dancing what needs to be danced. We believe that acrobatics and movement are two ingredients that should support, and not distract, from the stories we tell.
With support from the Jerwood Choreographic Research Programme (JCRP II) in 2016-2017, we discovered new ways to combine hand-to-hand and dance within choreography. We continue to innovate with our acrobatics and movement to increase their usefulness in telling tales.
In 2016, our first show, Knot, premiered as a 20-minute piece at The Place’s Resolution festival, London, and was selected by Crying Out Loud to join a 2016 tour with the Circus Evolution Programme. Since then, Knot has been awarded a place at the prestigious CIRCa Festival in Auch (Oct 2017), and 2018 Avignon OFF Festival, France, as part of the Spotlight UK programme.
In 2018, Knot was extended into a full-length piece and has received international acclaim as part of the Seoul Circus Festival in South Korea and Bird Theatre Festival in Tottori, Japan. Knot is available in French and English.
We have also performed with Barely Methodical Troupe in the company’s production, Kin, which premiered at the Roundhouse’s Circus Fest 2016. We performed with Taiwan’s circus company, FOCA, in April 2017; and became finalists in 2015’s Circus Maximus Udderbelly competition.
We are Associate Artists at Deda, Derby & Jacksons Lane, London.
Nikki & JD
Nikki trained for 10 years as an artistic gymnast in Washington State, USA, and has since trained hand-to-hand and acrobatics with teachers from the National Centre for Circus Arts (NCCA)
Jean Daniel (JD) Brousse has 8 years’ performance experience with companies including Roundhouse Circus Company & Square Peg circus. He studied BA (Hons) Degree in Circus Arts at the NCCA.
Ellis trained at London Contemporary Dance School. She was awarded the Peggy Hawkins Scholarship for outstanding potential in 2013 and has been alumni choreographer in Youth Dance England Creative Programme and company member of Edge and Avant Garde Dance.
Born in France, he has worked internationally in the physical and visual theatre sector at an international level for the past 10 years. He first discovered contemporary circus and artists like Circa Tsuica, Cie XY and Phia Ménard, when he was a producer at Les Halles de Schaerbeek, a multi-disciplinary venue in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2014, he moved to London to work with Crying Out Loud. Recently, Crying Out Loud has produced Circus Sampler at Somerset House, London – two free weekends of site specific contemporary circus, hip hop dance and music to celebrate the 250th anniversary of modern circus; a large-scale tour in a big top by French musical acrobats, Circa Tsuica; an international showcase of British work at three international festivals; and a four year programme entitled Circus Evolution, the aim of which was to present more circus at more venue to more people across the UK.
During his time at Crying Out Loud, Axel met with Nikki & JD. Together, they brought Knot to several UK and international venues, including Seoul (Korea) and Tottori (Japan). In 2019, Axel left Crying Out Loud to join the Nikki & JD team as a producer.