Night. We find a space in the margins of the city in which to gather: to start an ad hoc ceremony, to stamp our feet and shake our limbs, to dance in the face of an ending.

Of Riders and Running Horses is a stirring and visceral new dance event by Still House created as a communal animation of urban spaces. A group of female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together.

The music is a rider and we are running horses.

The stars are out. Dancing under the open sky makes a felt difference. It moves itself differently. And these age-old sediments no longer stick to my bones, melting in the blood. Michael Klien

“Of Riders and Running Horses goes in cycles: a soloist starts, then others join in. They fizz off into their own thing, then come back together. It’s about leading and following, about movements building. Canham’s choreography is a cultural collage: quoting from Balinese shamans and Scottish dancing, New Zealand rituals and American jive. It ends with an invitation and, on top of a car park, on a warm May evening, in the middle of Bristol, 100 people jump in and dance.”
— Whats On Stage
“Dan Canham and Laura Dannequin’s superb choreography beautifully accentuates the fluidity of a dancer’s body, the wave of motion passing up from the feet into the trunk and out through the arms and hands … The final ensemble piece is an irresistible fanfare, with the dancers galloping round the edges of the space like horses charging round a circus ring. And finally the dancers grab people out of the audience and soon everyone’s dancing in a spontaneous rave, till we’re all feeling warm again, inside and out.”
— Bristol 247


forthcoming performances

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funders & supporters

Of Riders and Running Horses is produced by MAYK, commissioned by Dance Umbrella, Pavilion Dance South West and Theatre Bristol. Supported using public funding through Arts Council England. Research and Development was supported by the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project, with funds from The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Appetite, Birmingham Hippodrome, Dance Umbrella, DanceEast, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, Independent Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, and The Place. Additional research and development support from Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Trinity Community Arts.



2016 Tbilisi, GeorgiaTbilisi International Festival of Theatre; London, National Theatre, Mayfest River Stage; GlasgowMerchant City Festival; WinchesterHat Fair; Prague, Czech RepublicTanec Praha; Ostrava, Czech RepublicTanec Praha; Pilsen, Czech RepublicTanec Praha; EastleighThe Point; SalisburySalisbury International Arts Festival; BristolMayfest; BrightonBrighton festival/caravan; GloucesterStrike a light; CardiffBristish Dance Edition

2015 London, Dance Umbrella/LIFT; BirminghamFierce/mac/Birmingham Weekender; Cambridge, Cambridge Junction; Bassano Del Grappa, Bmotion festival; BournemouthPDSW; BristolMayfest