Nell Gifford has died.
I briefly met Nell years ago at an event at Circus Space but unfortunately never got to know her personally. I did however know Nell’s work, her shows, books and art.
It strikes me that Nell understood the brilliance of traditional circus, what unique offerings the art form possess and perhaps, what some of the shortcomings built into the art form are.
Nell deeply understood authenticity and based on this philosophy built up a cult following for her circus, which must surely be the UK’s most treasured traveling circus.
My condolences go to Nell’s family and friends. Nell Gifford will be sorely missed.