2000 – date
Helen Averley was born in Edinburgh in 1965, lived in Kenya as a child, moved to Oxford when she was nine, and Northern Ireland in 1978. She studied to become an illustrator and Graphics Designer at Kingston and did Anthropology of Art at the University of East Anglia. She ran away to an exciting life in the Circus when she started her circus life with Belfast Community Circus in 1994, where she soon became head aerialist! She did an Acro-balance act with Jennifer Dempsey & with her made and performed the “Beautiful Marias”, a synchronised swimming styled static trapeze act. This was performed at Circus Space in London before she moved to Newcastle in 2000. She re-started teaching circus in 2002 before going on to found Hang Aerial Dance in 2004, Lets Circus in 2007 and Circus Central in 2009!
Helen is not only an Aerialist but a costume designer and maker, a rigger, a performer, and is Madame La Bonche of the La Bonche circus family!