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A photo of a person outside sitting beneath an old tree, wearing some large ram like horns. The person is playing a cello as an audience looks on. In the fore ground there is a large upturned root stump with a fire pot inside it.

The Shape of Belonging by Whispering Woods

Let your heart soar amongst the mighty cathedral of the forest, with an evening of breathtaking aerial dance and euphoric choral performance from Whispering Woods and the Murmuration Choir.

Wrap up with a warm drink and watch aerialists and acrobats move amongst the branches against the soundtrack of Bristol’s 25 voiced, contemporary choir performing 8-part vocal harmony, soundscape, effects and percussion.

A breathtaking, immersive piece for all ages, staged in an arboretum reclaimed from abandonment, The Architecture of Belonging holds a space to disconnect from the digital and to listen deeply to the earth, to each other and to ourselves.


Show Info:

This performance was part of Circus City 2023 – The Outsider Edition and took place on Fri 6th – Sun 8th October 2023 at Tortworth Arboretum

£12 + Booking Fee


This is a standing/promenade outdoor performance, please bring appropriate clothing and check the venue’s access information for more detail.


“She dreamed of the show for weeks”, father of a young audience member.

What we love about The Shape of Belonging:

Song, fire and tree dancing! Go if you like aerial circus, harmonies, hot chocolate and wrapping up with your family and friends for adventures in the woods.