Flight Paths explores aerial movement, song, narrative and live description, and creates innovative ways to deliver accessible live performance that break down the barriers between sighted and visually impaired audiences. Inspired by the traditions of Biwa Hoshi players - blind itinerant performers from medieval Japan - four visually impaired artists will explore their personal stories of migration to the UK

Maria Oshodi - Co-Director

Kumiko Mendl - Co-Director

Julie Osman - Assistant Director

Vicki Amedume - Movement Director

Glen Neath - Writer

Tarim - Technologist

Thor McIntyre-Burnie - Sound Designer

Nao Nagai - Lighting Designer

Becky Minto - Set and Costume Designer

Terry Braun - Projections

Sarah Houbolt - Performer

Amelia Cavallo - Performer

Victoria Oruwari - Performer (recorded)

Takashi Kikuchi - Performer (recorded)


R&D sharing, Circus Space Creation Studio, 11 January 2017

Harlow Playhouse, 5 February 2019

Stratford Circus, London, 8,9 February 2019

Theatre Clwyd, 15,16 February 2019

The Curve, Leicester, 19,20 February 2019

The Albany, London, 1,2 March 2019

The Arena, Wolverhampton, 5 March 2019

Online version available from 17 August 2020

‘For those blind or partially sighted, this aims to offer a richer than usual experience. In doing so, it also gives the whole audience an unusual and entertaining presentation of international talent.’ - British Theatre Guide

‘At once satirical and moving; thought-provoking and exciting, this Anglo-Japanese production is multi-cultural, multi-sensory and multi-layered.’ - Disability Arts Online

‘A show that has gentleness, kindness, humour […] and honesty woven into its subtle tales’ - East Midlands Theatre

‘Extant and Yellow Earth Theatre have pulled off an ambitious feat, marrying acrobatics, partially sighted performers and Japanese culture’ - Japan Society

Photo by Christopher Andreou

Funded by the Arts Council