Ceremonies Team


Director: Jamie Beddard
Producer (City Arts): Alison Denholm
Assistant Producer (Dance4): Becky Aram
Circus Director: Billy Alwen
Assistant Director: Claire Hodgson

Composer: Damian Coldwell
Electronic Musician: Si Tew

Lead Musicians:
Ceri Howells
Michael Davis

Choreographer: Adele Wragg
Ass. Choreographer: Sali Gresham

Textile Designers:
Ali Pretty, Kinetika
Jessica Kemp
Year 2’s, Seely Primary School

Circus Artists:
Helen Orford – Hula-Hoop Artist
Karina Jones – Aerial Artist
Nadia Lumley – Cyr Wheel

Carnival Artists:  
Zodiac All Stars Nottingham
DWICA (Derby West Indian Community Centre)

Nola Mckenzie
Sakhita Mckenzie
Rebecca Reed
Joseph Gaten
Sarah Butler
Sue Saunders
Ann Currie
Megan Hockey
Beth Gardiner
Ryan Coggins
Elli-Bea Thomas
Greg Roberts
Chloe Newstead
Emma Sporton
Maria De Torres
Rachel Sharp
Deborah Owen
Ruth Anne Marie Gilchrist
Joshua Taylor
Abigail Taylor
Richard Attenborough 

Unanima Theatre

Creative Director: Jayne Williams
Creative Producer: Tracey Radford

Ricky Roo
Jenna Jackson
Emma Oxley
Brian Bostock
Craig Pickup
Jenny Allen
Montanna Rose
Mia Bullock

Costume Design:
Adele Wragg
Nikki Charlesworth

Umbrella Dancers:
Sarena Kay
Miriam Fearon
Diane Simei
Cindy Sissokho

Digital Artists (Closing Ceremony):
Barret Hodgson
Bec Smith

Graphic Design:  Joe Pick

Closing Illuminations

Theatre Artist: Jo Stockdale

Visual Artist: Jessica Kemp

Participants: Young People from Cauldwell House

Band: Rockin’ Paddy


Production Managers:
Graham Elstone
Rory Minor

Lighting Design: Dan Lounds

Dan Billings
John Hewitt

Deputy Stage Manager: Jo James


The creative team was led by City Arts, in partnership with Dance4, the dance agency for the East Midlands. The overall programme was directed by Jamie Beddard.

City Arts is the region’s leading participatory arts organisation and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. For over 35 years City Arts have produced ambitious and exciting art in collaboration with communities. The organisation aims to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy and create great art. Working across a wide range of artforms, they bring together artists and communities to create extraordinary experiences. City Arts’ festivals programme has links with some of the best carnival and outdoor artists in the UK and beyond. They are enjoying the opportunity to work on the CP World Games.

Dance4 has 25 years experience as the leading voice for new innovations in dance in the UK, and is also a National Portfolio Organisation. It is at the forefront of artistic innovation in England, and is in a strong position to take forward ambitious plans for dance development in the East Midlands. It is currently pioneering work around dance and disability, in particular exploring progression routes for young disabled dancers.

Jamie Beddard is one of the leading disabled actor/directors in the UK. He has been an associate director for Graeae Theatre company, co-editor of ‘Disability Arts in London’ magazine, in 2012 he directed ‘Breathe/Battle for the Winds’ for the opening ceremony celebrating the Olympic Sailing, and in 2013 he became a Clore Fellow. He is part of the creative team who developed ‘Extraordinary Bodies’, the partnership between companies Diverse City and Cirque Bijou who have created a new kind of integrated circus.

Claire Hodgson is founder and Chief Executive of Diverse City. In 2011 Diverse City received an Unlimited commission to deliver 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. Since Nov 2012 Claire has been co-artistic director with Billy Alwen of Extraordinary Bodies. Claire hopes that one day all circus companies look like Extraordinary Bodies.

Billy Alwen is co-founder and artistic director of Cirque Bijou, an experienced creator of outdoor spectacle, circus and street theatre since 1999. In 2012 Cirque Bijou created and co-produced ‘Battle for the Winds’ celebrating the Olympic and paralympic sailing. Riding on the momentum of this project Billy seized the opportunity to create the UK’s first integrated circus company, co-founding the paralympic legacy project, Extraordinary Bodies, alongside Claire Hodgson, Chief Executive of Diverse City.

Damian Coldwell composes and produces bespoke music for film, television, radio and theatre, and started out as the sound designer for Nottingham Playhouse. His theme tunes have been heard extensively on BBC, ITV & Channel 4, most recently for The John Bishop Show. He wrote a feature length score for the 1921 silent movie, Tol’able David, which was performed live by a small ensemble alongside the film at the Barbican Centre and at the British Silent Film Festival.

Adele Wragg is Co-Director of Spiltmilk Dance. Since 2006, Spiltmilk have been sticking a big fat ray of sunshine into the world of contemporary dance. They aim to bring fun and intelligence in equal measure and entertain new audiences and participants with their unique brand of intricate yet charming dance. The company love working with people of all ages, to bring a fresh, down to earth approach to dance in schools and community settings, and allowing participants to get creative. Their work has previously been shown at venues ranging from pubs to piers, and from car parks to the Royal Opera House.

Ali Pretty is the creative director of Kinetika. Kinetika is an internationally renowned company with over 15 years’ experience in designing and producing extraordinary outdoor events which invoke the spirit of carnival and engage diverse audiences worldwide. She is a specialist in large scale silk textiles, created with community groups, children and young people.

Jessica Kemp first established her relationship with Kinetika through the ‘Making of Mas East Midlands’ programme in 2005. She is an experienced community artist, specializing in textile and carnival work, and delivering workshops to people of all ages and experiences.

Helen Orford – Hula Hoop Artist

Helen Orford, an award winning Hula Hoop artist, has lived and breathed performance her whole life, performing professionally since the age of eight. At 15 she started her three-year circus training with Greentop Circus in Sheffield, and then went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Circus Arts at The National Centre for Circus Arts in London. It was here she specialised in the art of Hula Hoop and hasn’t looked back since, in fact she’s barely stopped. Helen has performed all over Europe and has even performed for Prince Phillip. On top of performing Helen is also an experienced circus arts teacher, and has been teaching the art of Hula Hoop to all ages for years. Helen enjoys the focus required to perform her art form, and takes pleasure in the ‘quietening of the mind’ she experiences whilst on stage.

Karina Jones – Aerial Artist

Karina Jones is a professional actor and aerial artist. At age 13 Karina became disabled through a degenerative sight condition, but she didn’t let that discourage her from her dreams of becoming an actor. Karina went on to study a BA Hons in Acting, finding creative ways to learn scripts with the support of her peers, and then received an MA in Voice Studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama. Since then Karina has worked relentlessly to pursue her career, overcoming prejudice in the industry and rejections due to her visual impairment. She has worked with BBC Radio 4, National Theatre Wales and more recently has trained with Greentop Circus Sheffield, Upswing Circus, and Graeae Theatre Company to develop her skills in aerial performance.

Nadia Lumley – Cyr Wheel

Young and ambitious Nadia Lumley is one to watch. She has recently returned from an international tour with Cirque Eloize, now back in the UK enjoying training and creating her own material which fuses her passion for acting, movement and breakdancing. Nadia has performed with Upswing Aerial at the National Theatre, and featured in Jay-Z’s music video Forever Young. She also competes internationally at breakdancing events.