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DANCE AHEAD

Zoë Leigh Gadd launched Dance Ahead with the aim to broaden theatre audiences in Carlisle. Commercial ventures included fashion events, TV advertising campaigns, living window displays and street theatre in collaboration with Sara Gadd Millinery and 2016 marks a complete relaunch for Dance Ahead’s work.

2015 saw both Living History and #HiddenSpaces15 supported by Grants for the Arts and created through the direction of Zoë Leigh Gadd and Adam Russell. Both were site-specific immersive dance theatre productions with cast of professional artists and community members aged 6 to 79 years old, presented to 500+ live audience members. A strong team was formed to further develop Dance Ahead.

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About Dance Ahead

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Fascinating and pertinent thematic content. The juxtaposition of greed, hope, wealth, poverty, desire, rejection was thought provoking to watch. This piece is firmly relevant in the social context that we all currently share.

Audience Member / The Glass House

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Engaging with #HiddenSpaces15 is like being taken to a dreamlike realm where one feels at the same time alien and yet simultaneously welcome.

Adam Hughes / Reviewer

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Very striking – fab dark, oppressive atmosphere created by the actors – loved the attention to detail in the costume and props! Great story-telling and uneasy moments – kept us on our toes. Excellent dance and music too – Thanks for an unpredictable,freaky treat!!

Audience Feedback / #HiddenSpaces15

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Thoroughly enjoyable – The interactivity made the piece.

Audience Feedback / #HiddenSpaces15

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Very intriguing – amazing space and fantastic use of it – very DV8!!! Loved how the music felt almost film-like – a soundscape, not a track starts here, finishes there – everything felt continuous. I could see the process had been intense – wish I could have been a part of it!! Fabulous lift sections – esp. café section – wanted to join in! The interaction with the audience was good but could have taken more.

Audience Feedback / #HiddenSpaces15

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It made me really upset about the plight of women then and now and that line between sanity and insanity brought on by a hopeless situation! It really disturbed and made me feel sick. Very powerful!

Audience Feedback / #HiddenSpaces15


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