Katie Hardwick

Circus Consultant

Katie is an experienced aerialist who found circus whilst training as a gymnast and now works globally in live events, theatre and on screen.

The theatre, storytelling and freedom of circus excited her to transfer her physical training to aerial acrobatics. Katie started training at the National Centre for Circus Arts, London (formerly The Circus Space), at the age of eight, where she met the aerial partner with whom she continues to work today. The duet premiered their aerial act at Glastonbury Festival aged fourteen, and in 2011 were awarded the Emma Insley Aerial Creation Fund Award to develop unique aerial apparatus and choreography.  Teaching and choreography projects include ITV’s Get Your Act Together, Guildford Shakespeare Company’s The Winter’s Tale, Les Enfants Terribles’ Alice Underground, Theatre Royal Bath’s The Tempest and the 2011 World Skills opening ceremony. As an aerial acrobat, Katie has been suspended over the seas of Cornwall and Barbados, and performed amongst the plants at RHS Garden Wisley Glasshouse and The Eden Project biomes. Her work has taken her to Norway, Thailand, India, Dubai, Oman and Brunei. She has flown on a swinging trapeze for a Crystal Fighters music video, spun on a carousel of silks for a Sony mobile phone advert and mentored an actress for a celebrity variety contest with ITV. Other on-screen work includes an opening number on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, Sky's A League of Their Own and a film shot completely on Polaroid for Ford Fiesta. Katie was part of a thirty strong aerial team who broke the Guinness World Record for the largest synchronised silks performance, in 2015. She is the central ethereal model in acclaimed photography series, Wonderland, by Kirsty Mitchell. The project, which takes fragments of fairytales and pieces them together into a journey through the seasons, has been featured by Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Italia, Stern and the BBC. It is the most funded book in the history of Kickstarter, and continues to be exhibited around the world.