Kate Holmes



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Drama
Department: Drama

As an amateur aerialist I combine my interest in history and archives with understanding gained undertaking aerial practice in a project that looks at the history of female aerialists.

In 2000 I graduated from the University of Exeter's Drama Department with an interest in performance praxis. This led to a desire to combine performance theory with practice. It was natural that when beginning to learn the practice of static trapeze I would wish to read theory around it. 

Sadly little academic writing exists on aerial performance and as a result I returned to study in 2010, undertaking the University of Bristol's MA in Performance Research (awarded with distinction). This also led to my returning to the University of Exeter to complete an AHRC funded PhD student researching female aerial performances of the 1920s and early 1930s in the UK and US.