The four dancers in We Touch, We Play, We Dance weave around the space, inviting babies and children to join them in a warm hearted and playful performance.
With music mixed live by a DJ, the dancers respond to the children, guiding them through a series of exchanges and encounters, with high fives, hugs and dancing.
Created by Second Hand Dance, We Touch, We Play, We Dance is a mesmerising, engaging and fun performance for children under 3. It’s a show filled with surprises and joys where you and your child can listen and watch or let loose and join in, either way, you'll have a wonderful time.
“Watching other bodies move makes something move inside you” Exeunt Magazine
This show is about dance, play and touch. You and your little one can choose to do this or watch and enjoy. The dancers and DJ take Covid tests before each show, sanitize their hands, the space and seating. We'll have plenty of sanitizer for you as well.
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Photos: Zoe Manders
Rosie Heafford - Concept & Artistic Direction
Keir Patrick - Rehearsal Director
Amarnah Amulundun - Dancer
Mariana Camilotti - Dancer
Takeshi Matsumoto - Dancer
Michael Sherin - Dancer
Froud - Sound Designer and Technical Manager
Ben Pacey - Costume, Set & Lighting Designer
Katherine Morley - Dramaturg
Claire Summerfield - Producer
Claire Cunningham - Assistant Producer
I like that dance is inherently sensory – watching other bodies move makes something move inside you – and Touch takes this one step further, inviting physical contact between performers and audience. For the little ones, it encourages play, curiosity, exploration. For me, I come out feeling looser, more alert.Exuent Magazine
I loved being able to watch a piece of dance, enjoy it and see my children learn to love it too. I hope this is the start of us being able to enjoy dance together more often. I have said in my blogs in the past that I have found it hard to engage with arts activities like I used to but after this performance I feel like I have found something that has been missing from my life for a while and it is lovely to have it back.Greatest Showmum
Wonderful cast, and generous engagement in a relaxed environmentAudience member
A widely diverse cast of 4 who were fluid, engaging and captivating. A great show for active babies and toddlers to explore movementAudience Member
Engaging and incredibly valuable children’s dance performance. It was such a beautiful way for the youngest ones to experience art, diversity of humans and communicationAudience Member
Fantastic performance of Touch at The Gulbenkian this morning. Beautiful dancers who listened and responded to the babies sensitively but inquisitively. A real uplifting morning – thank you!Audience member
Commissioned by The Place, Pavilion Dance South West and supported by The Egg, Gulbenkian, Bath Spa University and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Research and development of Touch was supported by Polka Theatre, developed through the Hopper Early Years scheme with the support of Take Art, Surrey Arts, China Plate, Arts Partnership Surrey, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation.