Hearing Dances by Second Hand Dance is a digital experiment in which you can feel, watch and move – from your own home.

Made possible by our Culture Recovery Fund grant from Arts Council England and DCMS in April 2021, and in response to an open call out, this event happened on Saturday 9 October 2021.

Ideal for children aged 5-8 & their families, this was a 45 min live experience over Zoom with in-person captions & BSL.

Audiences were posted a box of tactile materials to their home, which they then opened live on Zoom with the Dancer. 

‘I liked the noise, the shimmer, the way the materials changed shape, the potential of things to do and or become – ie frog, river, moon!’

‘I liked how how accessible it was. The narration was fab and the dancer drew us in. I can see my pupils being able to engage in this.’

Audience feedback

This work is particularly suited to:

// children who love dancing

// children who love making sounds

// children who love playing with materials and textures

// families wanting or needing to access art from their home

// families with visually impaired children or adults

More about the work:

Second Hand Dance are exploring the sounds that dance can make with different materials – a foil blanket, balls, paper and bubble wrap. Over Zoom, a dancer will perform an improvised dance for you. The soundtrack for this dance is written by our expert panel of young audio describers (aged 8 – 12) in collaboration with playwright Lucy Hayward.

For more information on the project please contact Claire Summerfield, Executive Producer: claire@tandemworks.uk

With a huge thanks to all the artists and collaborators who have worked on this stage of the project – Holly Thomas, Lucy Hayward, Jenny Cosgrove, Anna Kaszuba, Keir Patrick, Lauryn Pinard.

And for the wonderful contribution of our young audio describers – James Marsden, Samuel Martin, Katie Forshaw, Amelia Vernicos, Darragh Cassidy, Eliza Webster.

Commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West, made possible by CRF grant from Arts Council England and DCMS.

Lead image description: A large, gold foil blanket is held in front of a person. Their white feet and top of head are peeking out from behind it. The person is stood on a wooden floor in front of a black screen and black curtain. At the very front of the image, this scene is shown through a laptop. 

Photo by Rosie Heafford. 

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