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’. 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.
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 offering a range of fully accessible facilities for disabled people. After being awarded an Unlimited Commission in 2014, Dancer has toured nationally and internationally and was then chosen by Creative Scotland as one of the Made in Scotland shows of 2016 at the Edinburgh Fringe, where it was nominated for a Total Theatre Award.
21Common… is a collective that actively embraces the notion of art as a deep dialogical process of exploration between artists, participants and audiences. For the past five years its key collaborators have been artists Lucy Gaizely and Gary Gardiner, learning-‐disabled artist Ian Johnston, producer Louise Irwin and the late Adrian Howells.
QW007- Theatre 1, York St John University