GRASS Films For Ages: 4-7

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17012021.Second Hand Dance Insect Hands Alice Underwood

Explore the world beneath your feet. 

Look down. What are you standing on? 

Explore the ground and all its wriggling inhabitants in this double bill of quirky dance films.

Shot in the great outdoors, both films celebrate the magic of the natural world - rolling in long grass, finding spiders in the park and the warm feeling of the sun on your face. Sunny Days and Insect Hands will inspire you to look a little more closely at the world around you, get moving, get outside and play.

The double bill is accompanied with interactive activities and are available with or without audio description. A series of sensory films offering an additional way to explore the films are available for children who explore the world in a sensory way.

You can view the audio described trailer here.

The films are available for bookings (including streaming, indoor and outdoor screenings and for schools). Please download the pack below for more information and contact for bookings.

Photos by: Foteini Christofilopoulou and Alice Underwood


Creative Team

Director & Choreographer: Rosie Heafford

Performers: Imogen Alvarez and Takeshi Matsumoto

Filmmaker: Alice Underwood

Rehearsal Director: Keir Patrick

Music by: James Marples, David Andrew & Amir Shoenfeld

Sensory Engagement Advisor for Sensory Films: Joanna Grace

Costume: Rosie Heafford

Animations by Will Powers and Joseph Eckworth

Audio Description Creation: Rationale Method

Audio Describer: Tashinga Matewe 

Executive Producer: Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works

Assistant & Access Producer: Olive Kane

Participation Producer: Sonya Mould

Previous Screenings


Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival

The Spark Festival

Belfast International Children's Festival

Cambridge Junction

Polka Theatre

Wee Festival, Canada

Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Canada

The Ark and Dublin Dance Festival

Birmingham International Dance Festival

Nutrien Children's Festival of Saskatchewan, Canada


Linenhall Arts Centre

Mill of Performing Arts Festival, Greece

Young Dance Festival, Switzerland

Screening Dates

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois, USA

4 October – 19 November 2021


De Moines Performing Arts, USA

25 October – 19 November 2021


Clemens Center, Elmira, USA

1 – 21 November 2021


El Festival elPetit, Barcelona

13 November 2021 - 9 January 2022


Flitting butterflies, slithering snails and leaping grasshoppers take centre stage alongside the fabulously talented performer Takeshi Matsumoto in this stunning short dance film produced by Second Hand Dance.

Disability Arts Online

It is absolutely a dance film and the camera joins in the fun, with shots at worm-eye view as Matsumoto wriggles across the lawn and light, floating shots from above, the camera itself a butterfly.

Disability Arts Online

Matsumoto’s performance is pitched perfectly…the film transports you to a sunbathed grassy park, with close-ups on gnarly tree trunks and misty greenhouse panes adding to the atmosphere.

Disability Arts Online

Emilia was spellbound and demanded to watch it 3 more times!

Audience member

How lovely! I didn't want it to stop.

Audience member

Thank you for a glorious dose of nature and joy, just what we all need in January 2021! We love Insect Hands, it was been on repeat this morning and has made us all smile.

Audience member

With thanks to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Sue & John Taylor and the Join Our Journey Expert Panel