We Touch, We Play, We Dance For Ages: 0-3

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  • October 2019 - current
  • Running Time: 45 mins

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 

 

Your Safety 

This show is about dance, play and touch. 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.  

 

Please contact claire@tandemworks.uk for bookings and information.

Photos: Zoe Manders

Creative Team

Rosie Heafford - Concept & Artistic Direction
Keir Patrick - Deputy Director
Amarnah Amulundun - Dancer
Mariana Camilotti - Dancer
Marc Stevenson - Dancer
Paolo Pisarra - Dancer
Froud - Sound Designer and Technical Manager
Helen Mugridge - Technical Manager
Ben Pacey - Costume, Set & Lighting Designer
Katherine Morley - Dramaturg

Claire Summerfield - Executive Producer
Emily Jameson - Producer
Claire Cunningham & Olive Kane - Assistant Producers

Thanks to Takeshi Matsumoto & Michael Sherin who devised and performed the show in 2019, and to Helena Webb who was part of the Research & Development.

Performance Dates
  1. 28 July 2022

    3:00pm & 11:00am
    @ Ricca Ricca Festa, Naha Cultural Arts Theatre NAHArt
    〒900-0015 3-26-27 Kumoji, Naha City, Okinawa Naha Cultural Arts Theater Nahato 1F Theater Office Japan

    N3 Nahato Small Studio

  2. 29 July 2022

    11:00am
    @ Ricca Ricca Festa, Naha Cultural Arts Theatre NAHArt
    〒900-0015 3-26-27 Kumoji, Naha City, Okinawa Naha Cultural Arts Theater Nahato 1F Theater Office Japan

    N3 Nahato Small Studio

  3. 30 July 2022

    10:30am
    @ Southern Kus Chikugo
    1104 Wakana, Chikugo City, Fukuoka Prefecture 833-0047 Japan

    Small Hall

  4. 31 July 2022

    11:00am & 2:00pm
    @ Kawasaki Arts Centre
    6-7-1 Manpukuji, Asao-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa

  5. 4 August 2022

    10:00am & 1:00pm
    @ ROHM Theatre Kyoto
    13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 606-8342 Japan

  6. 5 August 2022

    10:00am & 1:00pm
    @ ROHM Theatre Kyoto
    13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 606-8342 Japan

  7. 6 August 2022

    10:00am & 1:00pm
    @ ROHM Theatre Kyoto
    13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City 606-8342 Japan

  8. 24 - 25 August 2022

    10:30am & 2:00pm
    @ Polka Theatre

Previous Performances

2019

  • The Egg, Theatre Royal
  • The Place
  • Gulbenkian
  • Deda
  • Chapter Arts

2022

  • Quarterhouse
  • The Lowry
  • Edinburgh International Children's Festival
  • Theatre Hullabaloo
  • Cambridge Junction
  • Southbank Centre
  • Pavilion Dance South West
  • Chats Palace
  • The Mill Arts Centre
  • Think Big! Festival, Munich
Reviews

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 environment

Audience member

A widely diverse cast of 4 who were fluid, engaging and captivating. A great show for active babies and toddlers to explore movement

Audience 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 communication

Audience 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
Partners

Commissioned by The Place, Pavilion Dance South West and supported by The Egg, Gulbenkian, Bath Spa University andusing 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.