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Join Ian Johnson - Scotland’s leading learning-disabled artist - and Gary Gardiner as they hit the floor in this delicate, dapper and downright hilarious exploration into what it really means to be a 'dancer'. Expect outrageously camp jerks and thrusts... and complete stillness. Dancer was originally co-created by the late Adrian Howells’ during his year as Arches’ Artist in Residence at Glasgow’s Touchbase, a resource run by Sense Scotland.

Touring History

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)

Made in Scotland Festival,
De Kriekelaar, Brussels

Platform, Easterhouse (April 2023)



“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


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.