“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
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.
Following sell-out premiere performances at Mayfest 2015, Of Riders and Running Horses rides out again for 2016. See it again, or catch it for the first time as part of a major national tour.
Of Riders and Running Horses is a stirring and visceral 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.
Directed by Dan Canham with Associate Director Laura Dannequin. Created by the company with live music by Typesun (real name Luke Harney) and Sam Halmarack.
Of Riders and Running Horses is one of the most radiant shows you’ll ever see.
★★★★★ Fix Magazine
This is a piece that captures the joy of moving to music, of sharing a rhythm, and it makes you want to dance too.
★★★★ Evening Standard
I loved every moment and every element of this piece.
Of Riders and Running Horses is the best fun I’ve had dancing whilst not actually dancing. It is nothing that I think it is and everything that you think it is. One thing definitely: it is a total joy.
★★★★★ Cambridge News
★★★★ Independent on Sunday
Suitable for all ages. Contains some loud music and is subject to the elements but has been enjoyed by the very young and old alike.
As this show takes place outside in an unconventional space, audiences are strongly advised to dress for the weather. Audience will be largely standing and stools are available for those who need or want them.
Of Riders and Running Horses is commissioned by Dance Umbrella, Pavilion Dance South West and Theatre Bristol and produced by MAYK. 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.