Extant is the UK’s leading professional performing arts company of visually impaired artists and theatre practitioners, producing touring productions and delivering training regionally and internationally.

A wide landscape shot of two women on aerial silks mid-fall.

Extant is working in a very rich area, producing powerful performances, and I wish you all the best of strength and fortitude in the future

Peter Brook
Joanna, a slim white woman with long brown hair hands flowers to Artistic Director Maria Oshodi as they stand smiling in front of a large balloon reading 20

Welcome to Extant

Extant is the opposite of extinct. Formed in 1997 by founder Maria Oshodi and a group of professional visually impaired artists, the company aimed to redress invisibility of blind and partially sighted artists and explore new creative territories. Since then it has become a dynamic, political space to articulate and celebrate what visual impairment brings to the performing arts.

A short film celebrating our 20th Anniversary can be viewed here, and the full length version is available on request.

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