Join Ian - Scotland’s leading learning-disabled artist – and Gary as they hit the floor in this often hilarious exploration of what it really means to be a 'dancer'. With a blistering soundtrack careering from Kylie to Nick Cave, they will attempt to understand what it is about dance that makes them feel most alive. Expect outrageously camp jerks and thrusts… and complete stillness.
This Unlimited Commission completed a sold-out UK Tour in 2014/15 and sold-out Edinburgh Fringe run in 2016, and was originally co-created with the late Adrian Howells. Total Theatre Award nominee and Made In Scotland showcase show 2016.
“Dapper and delicate… such a lovely piece of work: simple, generous-spirited, vulnerable and entirely without side.”
Guardian - read full review here
Scotsman - read full review here
'Ian is a joy to watch as he shows how dance can make you come fully alive.'
Skinny - read full review here
'Dancer has the simple audacity to break a boundary, to let someone tap their toes and twirl their arms and to say that's okay..'
Fest - read full review here
CREDITS (Edinburgh Fringe run):
Created by Ian Johnston, Gary Gardiner and Adrian Howells
Performed by Ian Johnston and Gary Gardiner
Creative Producer: Lucy Gaizely
Associate Artist & Mentor: Jon Reid
Technician: Michaella Fee
Marketing & Press Manager: Niall Walker
Executive Producer: Louise Irwin
Assistant Producer: Zac Scott
Made in Scotland Showcase 2016
Total Theatre Award Nominee 2016
Developed with the support of The Arches and Sense Scotland.
Recipient of Unlimited Commission 2014.
UNLIMITED at Southbank, London
Fierce Festival, Birmingham
Battersea Arts Centre, London
People's Dancing Festival, Cardiff Millennium Centre
Behaviour Festival, The Arches, Glasgow
The Place, UK’S Premiere Centre for Contemporary Dance, London
Bounce Festival Belfast
Dancebase - Edinburgh Fringe (Made In Scotland Showcase / Total Theatre Award Nominee)
GAM, Santiago, Chile (June 2017)
Nøtterøy Kulturhus, Norway (September 2017)
Ibsenhuset, Skien, Norway (September 2017)
Bølgen Kulturhus, Larvik, Norway (September 2017)
Drammens Teater, Norway (September 2017)
Thanks to funding from Arts Council England:
Lancaster Arts (January 2018)
Colchester Arts Centre ( November 2018)
Chats Palace, Hackney ( November 2018)
York St John’s (November 2018)