During her work as one of the Artistic Directors of Shunt, Layla Rosa was one of the first British based artists to reinvent and redefine her practice by working across the artforms of circus, movement, moving image, theatre and sound. Her commitment was to develop a marriage of form and content, and in doing so to find a means of expression for her personal, cultural and political concerns.
Crying Out Loud supported Layla by co-commissioning What If…? a semi-autobiographical piece that unravelled cultural perceptions of the veil. The work was developed in association with Jacksons Lane, Farnham Maltings and Shunt and toured to Farnham Maltings, Nuffield Theatre Southampton, London and to La brèche in Cherbourg.
Layla’s residence at La brèche signified the beginning of Crying Out Loud’s relationship with the French creation centre in 2009.
In 2010 Layla was one of the artists mentored through Crying Out Loud’s Pipped at the Post scheme, a bespoke mentoring programme devised for UK artists who were runners up in the Jeunes Talent Cirque Europe programme. As part of her mentoring she was given support and inspiration by choreographer and filmmaker Rosemary Lee for the creation of a new show Beneath My Feet for children and families.