Founder and Artistic Director
David has worked with aerial wire performance for over 23 years.
Drawing upon many years experience in choreography, training and rigging for International shows and productions, working with actors, dancers, martial artists and active people with an interest in flying work, he has created Yskynna to offer training for professionals in the dance and performance field as well as for the community, with an emphasis on great creative and physical experiences for all.
David has worked on various projects extensively throughout his career: frequently working on Opera productions at the Royal Opera House, fight direction & flying choreographer for productions such as Jaan e Jigar for Raj Mahal Theatre in Dubai, rigging for Glastonbury Festival's Big Top, and the lead puppeteer for Golden Tree's Man Engine.
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Grace fell in love with harness based work after completing a weekend course with Wired Aerial Theatre in 2014. Since then she has been working closely with David forming the beginning steps of Yskynna. She has been involved in all the productions to date, as well as helping deliver workshops for the company.
Grace continues to develop her work as a dancer co-directing Freefall Dance, as well as working for companies such as Wired Aerial Theatre, Cscape Dance, Angela Praed & Attik Dance amongst others. She is also an Associate Lecturer in Dance at Falmouth University, and a Pilates Instructor with Cscape Pilates.
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In 2014, she studied dance and movement in the Masters degree program in Dance of the FMH, Lisbon.
Between 2011-2015, she began studying circus techniques, specializing in acrobatics.
In 2014-2015 she was awarded with a scholarship in the circus arts residency Haztegia Zirkozaurre'15
In 2016, she returned to Lisbon to take part in the Integral FOR Dance Theater course with Olga Roriz company.
Attending Vertical Dance workshops with Magalie Lanriot, Kate Lawrence, and Lindsey Butcher. She also took part in the VDF´18 in Croatia.
Currently training in the Basque Vertical Dance Company, most recently performing the show “Sacred.”
At this moment she is finishing movement research and creation at “La Faktoria Choreographic Center,” an intensive formation in Pamplona.
The most recent production she is taking part in is called “IKIMILIKILIKLIK” with Marie de Jongh Theatre company.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Circus and has trained under great tutors such as: Bim Mason, Mike Wright and Paul Claydon. As well as spending 1 year abroad working solely in Hand to Hand Acrobatic technique with Russian teacher Slava.
Rachel’s innovative work within Circus is award winning, including a £10,000 funding award to create a show, received from Deutsche Bank in 2012. She performs circus all over the globe from Europe to China, and has done many red carpet events. As acro teachers Richard and Rachel offer extensive knowledge within their discipline. They understand intricate techniques and have the ability to translate it to beginners. Richard and Rachel will set you up with solid technical foundations in which you can build your skills safely and progressively. Personal and fun, DuoSu will be an integral part to your perfect acro filled weekend! Rachel now resides back in Cornwall and started working with Yskynna in 2018 on Ghostships at NMMC.
Georgie has been training and performing with Yskynna since 2017 being involved in 'If you go down to the Woods', Bligh Spirit, WOW, Boomtown and Ghost Ships at NMMC.
Georgie has an extensive dance training background and took to the air with ease and grace.
Currently based in Falmouth she teaches local dance and yoga classes and is a mentor rider for sponsored International cycle charity events.
Tanisha became passionate about vertical dance after completing a workshop with Yskynna, where she found a freedom within the movement. She is a Cornwall based dancer and graduated from Falmouth University with a BA(Hons) in Dance Performance in 2016. During her time here she developed a deeper understanding of contemporary dance and its technique. She is now going on to learn how to transport her technique from the ground into the air.
Adele is now a freelance performing arts practitioner and performer based in Cornwall, having qualified from Falmouth University with a BA(Hons) Contemporary Dance Degree.
Teaching children from the ages of 2-16 a variety of performance skills within dance and theatre disciplines.
Her work within Yskynna, and training in Aerial and Vertical Dance began in 2017 with the production: ‘If You Go Down To The Woods Today’, in which she embodied a wolf and prowled the gardens of Trebah to find Little Red Riding Hood. She has since continued to be involved, and build her aerial portfolio with Yskynna, acquiring and developing new skills and techniques with Vertical Wall dance, as well as experiencing other forms such as silks and bungee.
Becca is a graduate from Falmouth University and Amata. She has a BA(Hons) Dance and Performance degree, her first encounter with Yskynna was back in 2016 on an aerial taster session- since then she has worked as part of the production team on several shows
She has been an integral part of the production team on 'Bligh Spirit', 'If You Go Down To The Woods Today...' and 'Ghost Ships', whilst also training in wall running.
Her other work includes a range of teaching, performing and production work with companies such as Spindrift Dance Collective, Rosemary Lee, Hall for Cornwall, O-reigon, Gaggle Haus, Trebah Garden and Dance Republic 2.
James is an Industrial Rope Access Technician, and has been working in this industry professionally since 2011.
Born in Cornwall and finishing his education in Marine Engineering at Falmouth marine School in 2005, he worked in civil engineering. He left Cornwall in search for different work in 2011, and has been working across the country on various rope access projects, including the 2012 Olympics.
He discovered his love for Theatre and Circus after being asked to cover a rigging spot at Glastonbury Festival in 2013, since then he has been actively involved in many exciting projects for performing arts companies as a rigger, and once a performer to his bemusement! He has his roots set with Yskynna.
Kerri first focused on dance and aerial work, whilst completing an extensive vertical dance project in Cape Town, South Africa for advertising company Fly On The Wall, under the direction of Gilead Stein.
She works from her base and home in Plymouth where her performance work includes Helen Parlor, Christopher Reynolds & Spindrift Collective. Choreographic work includes Solitude, an aerial dance theatre piece and One Small Step, directed by Barbican Theatre. Kerri is a dance practitioner at Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and runs the contemporary program for Italia Conti Performing Arts.
Kerri has been training, teaching and performing as a company member of Yskynna since 2016.
Becky has been working with Yskynna for the creation and performance of ‘Hyreth’ in August 2016. Since then she has been frequently involved with outreach work in schools and workshops.
Becky continues to work across Devon and Cornwall in a wide range of dance projects and companies including Freefall Dance, Helen Kindred, Kay Crook & Jane Castree. She is also a Lead Practitioner at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth and has also taught professional class for Plymouth Dance.
Over the past two years she has focused on shifting the development of her movement work from the ground to the air since discovering vertical dance and aerial hoop. Her passion for flying and obsession for the raw energy and freedom it brings to both herself and audience members continues to drive her to seek out new flying and performance opportunities.