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Claire Hodgson

Diverse City / Extraordinary Bodies

Claire is a director of theatre, dance and circus shows and committed to achieving social justice. Claire founded Diverse City in 2005.  In 2012 Diverse City created ‘Breathe’ an international project between Brazil and Dorset that brought together 64 young disabled people to perform at the opening celebrations of the Olympic sailing events to an audience of 10,000.

After the Olympics Claire co created Extraordinary Bodies with Billy Alwen, the UK’s integrated circus company of disabled and non disabled performers. Claire was a Clore Fellow in 2012 and writes for The Guardian online. She is the former head of Performing Arts at London Metropolitan University and was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to inclusion in the Performing arts. Together with Jamie Beddard, Claire won the Clore Duffield 50th Anniversary prize which they used to tour Extraordinary Bodies across the UK and support 10 ‘unexpected ‘ leaders who have faced barriers to entering the industry.

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