First Dance

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
18 March 2019
Author / Presenters: 
Adolfo Aranjuez, Ash Flanders, Brodie Lancaster, Danny Katz, Onyx Carmine, Sarah-Jane Norman, wāni Le Frère, and Niharika Senapati

‘When a body moves, it's the most revealing thing,’ the great Mikhail Baryshnikov once said. ‘Dance for me a minute, and I'll tell you who you are.’

Some of us move like panthers. Some of us move like projectiles. Some of us move like north-easterly low-pressure systems. Maybe it's the revelatory possibilities of dance that make it such a thrilling, liberating – and even risky – activity. How do our early experiences with dance shape our ideas about our world and our place within it? And what role can dance play in a lifetime?

At Arts House in March, we’ll hear stories of first dances – from baby steps and blue-light discos to bridal waltzes and professional debuts. Through storytelling, music and movement, our incredible line-up of artists will vividly conjure all the elation, freedom and catastrophe of their first tentative dance-steps – and yours.

Presented in partnership with Arts House for Dance Massive.