The Daring Young Girl on the Flying Trapeze (artist's cut)

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The Daring Young Girl on the Flying Trapeze (artist's cut)

Nancy Willis, creates an alchemy between extreme disability and expansive creativity. The life she has been forced to lead has freed her to experience the world in a unique and mesmerising way

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Created by Nina Ross
Key Crew Nancy Willisproducer; Jesús Gómez Albiachsound engineer; Katalin Trencsényiediting consultant;

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Documentary and Reality

As a child Nancy Willis dreamt of joining the circus, longing for freedom and adventure. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and a prognosis not to live beyond her twenties, the now 65-year-old artist invites us into her world. Combining hard hitting memories of societal discrimination with the depth and beauty of everyday moments, she opens up about vulnerability, self-exploration, family and maternity. This is a stark reminder of the treatment of disabled people, but also a remarkable story of a woman who refused to be broken by society’s limited expectations of her. The narrative meanders seamlessly between the grounded and the dream-like. A rich tapestry of artwork, observation and archive, illustrates the challenges of physical deterioration, but also the infinite possibilities of imagination.