The Sticky Dance: Sensory Adapted For Ages: 3 to 7

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  • Running Time: 60 mins

Three dancers' shimmy through the audience weaving a tapestry of sticky tape in this tactile dance performance for young children. They invite you to tape, stick and groove, to see and feel sound or to be still, watch and listen. Audiences are encouraged to explore freely, choosing how they engage, and turning the rules upside down. 

The Sticky Dance is an interactive, engaging and colourful performance installation for autistic/neurodivergent children and their families.

The Sticky Dance is co-created by Rosie Heafford & Takeshi Matsumoto, with designs by Alison Brown (Scottish Dance Theatre, Barrowland Ballet), and a soundscape by Dinah Mullen (Rachel Mars Forge, Kate Cross/Tim Bell Squirrel).

The Sticky Dance is open for 60 minutes for each performance, although you can choose to enter and leave the space when you choose.


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Photos: Zoe Manders

Creative Team

Concept & Artistic Direction: Rosie Heafford & Takeshi Matsumoto 

Performers: Andrei Nistor, Chloe Mead, Paolo Pisarra 

Set & Costume Design: Alison Brown 

Sound Design: Dinah Mullen  

Production Advisor: Froud 

Production Manager: James Ball 

Company Tour Manager: Keir Patrick 

Technical Stage Manager: Joshua Lucas

Performance Dates
  1. 4 April 2024

    10:00am & 2:00pm
    @ The Place
    17 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PY

  2. 17 May 2024

    2:00pm & 3:15pm
    @ Brighton Festival
    Festival and Dome Ticket Office
    Church Street
    BN1 1UE

Previous Performances


  • Southbank Centre

Co-commissioned by Southbank Centre and The Place, and South East Dance, with support by Stanley Arts. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.  

Thank you to Selhurst Nursery School, Addington Valley Academy, Crosfield Nursery School, Coin Street Children's Centre, and Cherry Garden School for supporting our creation process.