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 email@example.com for bookings.
Photos by: Foteini Christofilopoulou and Alice Underwood
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
Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival
The Spark Festival
Belfast International Children's Festival
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
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
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