Tina has 27 years of experience working in circus arts, theatre & live touring events, both as a performer (professional acrobat) & as a stage manager & technician. Tina is also a talented photographer & artist and loves bicycles.

She's toured internationally for large scale companies and concert touring (circus, theatre & live music), both in the commercial sectors & within the dynamic circuit of live festivals, entertainment and the visual arts.

 
 

Photo: Fabio Teixeira

 Production & Backstage work includes..

 

OTR II Beyonce & Jay Z, World Tour 2018 : LED Video Technician

Tina’s role within the ORT II team began with the technical preparations for Beyonce’s monumental 2018 performance at Cochella Festival and culminated 9 months later in Johannesburg at the historic Global Citizen Concert, in honour of Nelson Mandela.

Her responsibilities included handling on stage logistics and overseeing the maintenance of PRG’s LED video panels which made up the concert’s 13m high x 60m long moving video wall - the major visual and artistic component of this large stadium tour.

Tina’s skill set; her organisational abilities and communication skills (in multiple languages) coupled with her proven practical experience (both on and off stage) made her an integral part of the technical team. Tina’s sense of humour was also vital, alongside her ability to calmly deal with the intensity of the workflow in this potentially hazardous working environment.

Acrobat Productions, India : Assistant to the Director

Acrobat Production - a leading U.K based company producing bespoke acrobatic and aerial performances. We worked within the almost impossible time frame (just 3 weeks lead time) with our small but highly professional team to create and successfully produced a breathe taking tailor made contemporary circus and dance performance for the high society wedding for a leading Indian Industrialist. An incredible challenge not just artistically, but also logistically with a cast of over 75 international artists and musicians flying in from across the Globe, alongside the creation and organisation of all the show's choreography, costumes and props - www.acrobatproductions.com

 

Eclipse Global Gathering, Oregon. USA: Central Co-ordinator

Tina worked for the flagship EcoZoic Resources project, organising the H.R department and managing the project’s budget. Tina supported the challenging implementation of the day to day organisation of the festival's entire compost toilet system which provided ecologic,clean and chemical free compost toilets for over 50,000 people celebrating the 2017 full solar eclipse located in the pristine nature of the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. Both the EcoZoic Resources project and this international Music and Arts festival were an incredible success, the first of its kind in North America - www.ecozoicresources.com  www.oregoneclipse2017.com

 

StoryTrail, Portugal : Assistant to Creative Director

Working as a freelance writer and research editor, Tina assisted in the many different aspects needed for the creation of StoryTrail. This project combined Tina’s logistical experience, travel knowledge and creative, flexible spirit. Responsibilities included writing content for film scripts and editing detailed historical data from a specialised team of researchers based in both Europe and the United States - www.storytrail.co

 

Boom Festival, Portugal: Central Production & Producer

Tina was invited to co-ordinate the creation and technical production of the Festival’s Nataraj Dance Stage,bringing her creative knowledge and experience as a professional artist to this unique and award winning Festival. Tina oversaw the budget and team management of the Nataraj Dance Stage area, whilst supporting the pre-selection and onsite logistics for Boom Festival’s body of international artists who present their work at this inspiring event located in an area of outstanding natural beauty - www.boomfestival.org

 

Imagination, U.K: Stage Management 

Working as part of the Imagination team, at the Canon International Exposition held in Paris. Imagination are based in the U.K and considered a leading creative agency and production company in the international arena of corporate events, advertising and commercial event management - www.imagination.com

 

Acrobat Productions, UK: Assistant to Director

Tina has supported a variety of projects with Acrobat Productions including; pre-production and backstage co-ordination for this dynamic company creating bespoke events - www.acrobatproductions.com

Follow links to view sample productions: http://vimeo.com/102775944 & http://vimeo.com/113695498

 

 

 

 
 

Photography: Tina Clay


General Education & Further Studies

 

Falmouth school of Art & Design,UK: Studies in Design & Fine art

Fooltime Physical Theatre School,UK: An intensive formation in physical performance,clowning,circus arts and improvisation. This school has since become an important reference in the british circus scene. It was the first UK training centre and helped establish a strong foundation for circus artists,creators and directors .


L’Ecole National du Cirque de Fratellini,Paris France: Circus Arts (3 years); Trapeze, Aerial Acrobatics and Performance.

The Prince’s Trust Awards UK:  This prestigious U.K award was presented to Tina Clay enabling her to continue her studies in France at the National School of Circus in Paris.

L’Ecole de Trapeze Volant, France: Specialised training in aerial acrobatics at this internationally renowned flying trapeze centre located inside an old french church on the fringes of Paris.

 

Performances include..

 

Countless International Variety Shows: Including seasons in the Casinos of Deauville, Monte Carlo, Lisbon & Beirut.

Holiday on Ice: ‘Exotica’, World tour. Principal performer in this contemporary ice spectacular.
  
Cirque Romanes. Europe: Solo artist with this award winning circus company based in France. This unique show mixed the passion and beauty of two very special worlds - contemporary circus with the rich music of the Romany Gypsies.

Teatro del Silencio, France & Chile: Wild latino rock music combined with incredible visuals and unnerving political theatre created by the company under the creative direction of renown Chilean theatre director, Maurico Celedon. 

H2 O, Belgium and Holland: Large scale contemporary dance and circus production (Water Stage). Principle Aerial Performer.
 
No Fit State Circus: UK Tour: Aerial Acrobat and Physical Performer.

Mercedes, BMW, Porsche,Ford, Worldwide: Solo Aerial Artist & Choreographer for a variety of product launches, as well as commercial publicity shoots.

De Beers International Diamond Awards: Solo Artist at the prestigious diamond industry awards presented at the magnificent Opera de Paris, France.

Kenzo: Principle performer for this well known fashion label, for their french publicity campaign.

Plus, a large variety of international tours & artistic projects in Europe, S.E Asia, India, Bahrain, Australia, China as well as in the Middle East & U.E.A.

 

 

Teaching & Aerial Choreography

 

Studio Cirque, France: Co-founder and director of Studio Cirque, a professional centre for creation dedicated to dance & circus artists.

Chapito, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Portugal: Artistic director & Head of 2nd year students.

Codarts, University of Rotterdam, Holland - Circus Arts Degree course: Development of performances and creation, for the students on the 3 year circus arts degree.
 
The former Circus Space, London, U.K: Teaching master classes and workshops in Aerial choreography & Movement.

'Musicals in Ahoy', Holland: Produced by Stage Entertainment. Aerial choreographer and Artist.

Mercedes Benz, South Korea: Choreographer & Artistic advisor.

Holiday on Ice Productions: Two productions, ‘Exotica’ & ‘Romanza’. World tours: Aerial choreographer & Technical advisor.

 

Personal Photography & Artwork

Selected photographs, etchings & doodles.

 

Other Projects include..

 

Founder and creator of The Flying Took Tuk company based in Lisbon, Portugal. A bespoke tour guide company offering guided trips in the historic city of Lisbon in a lovingly created and hand designed Tuk Tuk. 

Bike Pop, Lisbon Portugal. Community Bike shop manager.

South Coast Bikes, Brighton UK. Professional bike mechanic.

Creator of the small, successful Flying Fat Man label, designing and making bespoke cycle hats,bags and cycling accessories in Portugal and beyond..