Nikki & JD presented by Jacksons Lane
Nikki & JD are an acrobatic duo with unique skills in circus and contemporary dance. They aim to push the boundaries of acrobatics, dance and storytelling. They have worked with Barely Methodical Troupe, a leading UK circus company, and are Associate Artists at Jacksons Lane, London and Déda, Derby. Knot, their first show together, was selected by Crying Out Loud for its Circus Evolution Programme. It has toured to the prestigious CIRCa Festival in Auch, the Avignon OFF Festival and the Seoul Circus Festival.
One fateful night, Nikki & JD were asked to close their acrobatic duet with a passionate kiss. Instead, they found themselves in an awkward embrace: Nikki going for a kiss, JD jerking his head away – and the idea for Knot was born. They asked themselves: “Why do we keep getting asked to play lovers? Is that really what audiences expect every time a man and a woman move together?” With virtuoso performances, this work deconstructs circus traditions and explores prejudice with sensitivity. It asks what it means to be a gay man in a heterosexual world and a single 30-something woman in a society that expects motherhood and marriage.
This piece features dramaturgy by Ben Duke, who also presents Juliet & Romeo in Edinburgh Showcase 2019.
Knot is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In the press
"Equally funny and heartbreaking. A rare treat to see acrobatic prowess mixed with soulfulness” Culture Tiger
“Exceptional physical artists ... one of the most successful fusions of dance and acrobatics I have seen” The Circus Diaries
WriterNikki Rummer and JD Broussé
DevisorNikki Rummer and JD Broussé
DirectorJean-Daniel Broussé, Nikki Rummer, Rosamond Martin
ChoreographerDramaturg: Ben Duke, Choreographer and Mentor: Ellis Saul
DesignerLighting Designer: William Ingham, Costume Designer: Oliver Garcia
Number of people on stage2
Number of people in touring company3
FreightNo freight necessary
Touring AvailabilityFrom January 2020
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space7m x 4.5m x 4.5m or 6m x 5.5m x 4.5m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
VenueRoxy Upstairs (Assembly), 2 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9SU
Production dates31 JULY–25 AUGUST (not Tuesday 20 AUGUST)
Contact for touring
Axel Satgé, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact at showcase
Adrian Berry, email@example.com
Nikki & JD have taught acrobatic masterclasses and workshops to BA dance students, emerging circus artists, theatre groups, schools, community groups and many others. The workshops provide a sampling of acrobatic techniques, including handstands, floor acrobatics, partner balances, and group lifts and climbs. They teach people of all ages, from 7+, and offer family workshops for parents and children to learn acrobatic lifts together.
They also provide lectures sharing the results of their research conducted through JCRP II, with practical examples for students, professional artists and other sector stakeholders to learn from their approach to acrobatic movement. Referees are available on request.
Post-show talks are also available.