(Pictured: Elaine McCague, Karen Anderson and Emily Aoibheann at the Complex in Smithfield. Unfortunately the fourth member, Niamh Creely, was absent for the shoot)
"Aerial performance is basically acrobatic circus art. Cirque Du Soleil is probably the most well-known and professional example of it. Those performers are amazing and at the absolute top of their class in terms of what aerialists can do. Ours is much more grass roots and amateur because we've only been training for a couple of years. We don't do swinging trapeze but we perform with fabric silks that you climb up and drop down – and we also perform with aerial hoops and rope.
I first tried aerial performance at a flying workshop during a fringe festival three years ago. It was mostly wall-running on harnesses but I was instantly hooked. I met the other main organiser for the Dublin Aerialists, Elaine McCague, through the workshops and we've both been really determined to establish a strong aerialist community here in Dublin ever since. The problem is that it's been very difficult to find spaces where we can practise. Galway and Cork and Belfast have their own community circus bases that are fantastic, which cater for professional artists and hold classes for the public, but there isn't one in Dublin. Elaine has spent a lot of time training in aerial performance in London and aside from that we've both been training with Ireland's only aerial dance company, Fidget Feet, as much as we can but that's all outside of Dublin so it's not ideal. We really want to get a hub going here in the city. It's such an exciting and spectacular skill and we'd love to make it available to more people so that they can try it out.