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ABOUT US

LEGacy Circus is a contemporary circus arts duo featuring artists Erin Ball and Vanessa Furlong. LEGacy Circus is a multidisciplinary rollercoaster of emotions and story telling. Combining the use of leg attachments, mobility aids, traditional and non-traditional circus apparatuses, Erin and Vanessa share their story of “what if we tried this?” while sharing laughter, tears, gasps and awe with each other and their audiences alike. 

Erin and Vanessa met at Circus Sessions in Toronto in 2016. They were under mentorship through Adèll Nodé-Langlois to create a unique piece together using their leg attachments. Erin, a professional acrobat and aerialist, is a double below knee amputee who uses various leg attachments on floor and in air. Vanessa is a professional acrobat and aerialist who experiments in these fields using stilts. The results of their collaborations were so well received that they immediately created their collective “LEGacy Circus” and have been performing, researching and developing their full length show for the past two years.

CBC News | Manitoba

‘We’re already powerful’: Theatrical cabaret gives performers a chance to challenge perceptions of disability

Erin is lying on her belly, one arm reaching forward, under a medical-looking, silver wheelchair.
Photo by Alick Tsui
Erin is hanging under a trapeze bar, horizontal to the ground, front side down. Vanessa is standing on Erin’s head. Only Vanessa’s lower legs are in the photo.
Photo by Alick Tsui
Photo by Alick Tsui
Photo by Alick Tsui

PLEASE NOTE

LEGacy Circus is in the process of making all shows more accessible to blind and partially-sighted audiences (and in general). These videos do not currently have audio description and we apologize. We strongly believe in access for all. We are currently researching creative audio description.

Photo by Tim Miller: Erin is lying on her back with her legs up. Vanessa is seen slightly from the side. She is wearing stilts and her legs are arched up. Her hips are on Erin’s prosthetic feet and the two have their hands joined. They are both wearing fuzzy white goggles on their heads.

Photo by Tim Miller

VANESSA Furlong

Vanessa has 15 years experience coaching all ages in theatre, clown, beginner&intermediate acrobatics, act creation, and stage presence. With a degree in Theatre and Music performance, and 15 years professional performance and instructor positions, Vanessa brings a great deal of insight into theatrical and circus related stage arts. Vanessa works with students of all abilities and has a keen understanding of social outreach based workshops and adaptable acrobatics alongside Erin. 

ERIN BALL

Erin has over a decade of training experience and has been coaching since 2010. She coaches and performs adaptive aerial arts, wheelchair acrobatics (both in the air and on the ground), hand balancing and much more. Erin created Flying Footless, a course for aerial coaches wanting to increase accessibility in their classes, as well as Amputee Circus Camp. She runs her accessible circus space in Kingston, Ontario and performs/teaches all over.

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