Invoke the Imagination. Provoke the Senses. Evoke the Emotions.
Fidget Feet are a pint-sized aerial circus company from Ireland. We tell our stories anywhere we can think of; in theatres, from cranes, hidden in forests, or swinging from buildings all over the world. Our performances are for everyone and we love to find new ways of telling our stories to new people. Since 2004 Fidget Feet has performed across five continents and to hundreds of thousands of people in some of the biggest festivals and venues across the globe. In addition to creating work, Fidget Feet is a strong advocate for the development of aerial work in Ireland.
“Thankfully, Irish company Fidget Feet shuns empty virtuosity for the richer expression derived from contemporary dance.”
– The Irish Times
“Astonishing… jaw-dropping spectacle.”
– Scotsman on Sunday
In 2010, with An Grianán Theatre and the Donegal County Council, Fidget Feet founded the Irish Aerial Dance Fest – one of the largest aerial festivals in Europe. Run annually the Irish Aerial Dance Fest hosts more than 100 classes over two weeks, and is attended by participants from all over the world. Fidget Feet are artists in residence at the prestigious Irish World Academy of Music & Dance until 2017. In 2013 Fidget Feet were awarded an Arthur Guinness Project award for the Irish Aerial Creation Centre, a new home for aerial in Ireland which opened in Limerick in 2015.
Fidget Feet was founded by choreographer/aerial dancer Chantal McCormick from Donegal and musician/media artist Jym Daly from Cork in 2004. Our company has since become one of the leading aerial dance theatre companies in the Ireland making our work at home and touring our work nationally and internationally.
Fidget Feet received its first commission in 2004 from Customs House in South Sheilds Newcastle, receiving support from Sandra Chapman and Ray Spencer to create a new solo show called ‘I can’t Handle me’. This marked the official beginning of Fidget Feet’s journey in making indoor aerial dance theatre work. This working relationship continued and we created “Fairies Tail” in 2007 with support from Customs House.
The Donegal County Council and Bluestack Festival commissioned Fidget Feet to create an outdoor aerial show from a crane in 2005. This piece, “Wired and Free” premiered in Ballyshannon in October 2006, marking the official start of Fidget Feet’s outdoor work. Without the continuing support from Donegal Arts Officer, Troalach O’ Fionnáin, Fidget Feet would not be Ireland’s foremost aerial dance company .
When Circus became a recognised Art form and was funded by The Arts Council Of Ireland in 2007, Fidget Feet became Ireland’s first contemporary aerial circus company to receive annual funding. With the support of the Arts Council, we have grown from strength to strength. Thanks to continuing support and funding from Culture Ireland we have become internationally known since they first supported our production of RAW traveling to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008.