Getting Dressed

Second Hand Dance presents

Getting Dressed

Dive into a dancing world of colour and clothes

Commissioned by Gulbenkian, University of Kent

Getting Dressed delves into the movement and humour of clothes; how you put them on, take them off, share them and express yourself, your identity, your gender…And, get stuck in them.

Getting dressed by yourself is a huge milestone as a child; it shows independence, technical capability, maturity and the identity we choose to present to the wider world. Made for 4–7 year olds and their families Getting Dressed subtly challenges the conventions, peer pressures and popular culture influences children encounter when starting school.

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"Anyone who had a dressing up box as a child will know the feeling of pleasure to be gained from putting on ridiculously oversized clothes and just mucking about. It's that feeling of joyous playfulness that is at the heart of Second Hand Dance's family show. There is a pleasing sense of freedom from gender stereotype here, the adult dancers picking whatever items give them the biggest sense of fun. Tweed skirts on men, boxer shorts on women – it is the childish glee that matters here."
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Co-commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and Pavilion Dance South West. Made in association with Nottingham Lakeside Arts, DanceEast, Southbank Centre, South East Dance and The Point.



  1. Getting Dressed Trailer