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about Sadiq

Sadiq Ali is a mixed heritage, queer, circus artist and performance maker who graduated from London's National Centre for Circus Arts. He has created and worked with contemporary circus companies like Ockhams Razor and Upswing Circus and has been devising his own full length works, the first of which has premiered recently to critical acclaim. Sadiq also regularly performs on the international Cabaret, Variety and Burlesque circuits where he combines a joyous love for comedy, body expression and representation. 


The Chosen Haram, Sadiq’s debut work, is a show which has enabled them to explore their experience of sexuality and faith and apply that to a contemporary circus art form. This means that Sadiq has been able to successfully create a queer, intersectional narrative within a field that seldom see’s such stories on stage. His show takes a focus on the impacts of gay shame, drugs, chemsex, faith and addiction and how these can become barriers in our desire to find sexual freedom, define our identities and ultimately find love. In its first performances Sadiq’s work has been reviewed with 4 stars by The Guardian, The Stage and The Scotsman. 


Sadiq has also worked as an avid HIV campaigner on a number of campaigns with organisations like the Terrance Higgins Trust and GMFA after being diagnosed with HIV when he was 24. Quickly realising that the training and performance world he was becoming a part of was a tool he could use to de-stigmatise issues around HIV and HIV prevention (PrEP) Sadiq used his body, voice and expression and because of this has represented the UK in Malta at Mr Gay World.

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