After having spent a lifetime being an inspiration to others, Dan is finally seizing the moment to inspire himself.
Taking ownership of the beautiful mess that encompasses all that he is, Dan lets go of who he once was to make room for who he wants to be.
Dan is joined in an intimate evening of play by performer and collaborator Christopher Owen (Joe Moran, Scottish Dance Theatre) where Dan takes back the power by being dominated on his own terms.
Nominated for the 2021 National Dance Awards, the 2022 UK Theatre Achievement in Dance Award and directed by Mark Maughan (The Claim, Petrification), The Dan Daw Show is a peep into the shiny and sweaty push pull of living with shame while bursting with pride. This is a show about care, intimacy and resilience, about letting go and reclaiming yourself.
Audio Described Performance: 23 September, 18.15
Every performance of The Dan Daw Show is a relaxed performance. Audience members are invited to move around, leave and return, whatever they need
Every performance of The Dan Daw Show is captioned. Captions are projected onto the arch at the rear of the stage
The Pre-Show Access session is free and open to anyone who would benefit from attending.
It starts one hour from the scheduled start of the show.
Hosts from The Dan Daw Show team will be available to enable audience members to access the space and information about the show, if that’s something you might find useful for access reasons.
Resources and Opportunities in Pre-Show Access are:
Access to the space, props and set
Experiencing the brightest lighting of the show
Experiencing the loudest sounds within the show
Finding your allocated seat (or reserving one if there is open seating)
NB the above elements are only available for the first 30 minutes of the session
Explanation of triggers from the Trigger Menu
Images of the performers and their costumes
Priority entry to the space when the doors open
Contains depictions of kink experiences, suffocation, humiliation, dominant behaviour, sexually explicit depictions and language, descriptions of feeling othered, loud noises, flashing lights and sexy disabled people.
You can also find the full list of show triggers on the Dan Daw Creative Projects website here. Please note some of this information may include spoilers regarding show content.
If you require assistance for your visit, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01 8819 613. You can find the latest information about Project’s accessibility here.
Performers & Collaborators: Dan Daw & Christopher Owen
Artistic Director: Dan Daw
Director: Mark Maughan
Movement & Rehearsal Director: Sarah Blanc
Designer: Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer: Nao Nagai
Composition & Sound Design: Guy Connelly
Dramaturg: Brian Lobel
Artistic Peer Support: Dr Kate Marsh
Assistant Director: Thyrza Abrahams
Production & Stage Manager: Froud
Executive Director: Liz Counsell
Access Coordinator: Zed Lightheart
Image credit: Hugo Glendinning
Dan Daw Creative Projects
Dan is Associate Director of Sydney-based performance company, Murmuration. Working in partnership with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo to commission, develop and produce new work by disabled artists, Dan plays an integral role in the development and delivery of Murmuration’s artistic programs and community activities.
Dan continues to work at the forefront of dance and disability in Australia and the UK, having commissioned two solo works – ‘Beast’ by Martin Forsberg and ‘On One Condition’ by Graham Adey, which received the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2017.
‘Beast’, a Trinity Laban/Greenwich Dance Compass Commission, supported by Arts Council England, previewed at the Swedish Performing Arts Biennale (May 2015), Brighton Dome (November 2015), and premiered at Greenwich Dance (November 2015). Resulting from its inclusion in British Dance Edition (March 2016), ‘Beast’ toured to Sydney Festival (January 2018) and Berlin’s Sophiensaele (June 2018).
‘On One Condition’, a co-commission with Murmuration (AUS), premiered at Skanes Dansteater (September 2015), before being presented at Sadler’s Wells, New York’s SoHo Playhouse, Edinburgh, and Adelaide Fringe Festivals 2017, where it received the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award.
Dan began working as a performer with Restless Dance Theatre in 2002, and since then Dan has gone on to work with Australian Dance Theatre (AUS), Force Majeure (AUS), FRONTLINEdance (UK), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), balletLORENT (UK) and Skånes Dansteater (SWE).
Throughout his performance career, Dan has worked with Kat Worth, Garry Stewart, Kate Champion, Janet Smith, Adam Benjamin, Wendy Houstoun, Sarah Michelson, Rachid Ouramdane, Nigel Charnock, Matthias Sperling, Marc Brew, Claire Cunningham, Matthias Sperling, Carlos Motta, Martin Forsberg, Carl Olof Berg, Dinis Machado and Javier de Frutos.
Dan continues to work at the forefront of collaborative performance-making in Australia and the UK. Dan is a recipient of the BBC/South East Dance Performing Arts Fund Fellowship, the Outlet Dance Award and the Russell Page Fellowship in Contemporary Dance amongst others. He has been a part of the National Theatre Step Change programme (2012), Dance UK’s Mentor Bursary (2013), Sadler’s Wells Summer University (2015 – 2018) and Belgrade Theatre’s Agent for Change (2018), furthermore evidencing his ambitions as a disabled artist to impact and lead the conversation on dance and disability.
“Certainly, Daw’s show is unlike anything else you are likely to see” ★★★★, The Guardian
“Unapologetic, vulnerable, brilliant” ★★★★, The Stage
Supported using public funding from Arts Council England through project grants. Originally conceived as part of Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II and commissioned in 2019/20 by Sadler’s Wells, Arts House Melbourne, DanceHub Birmingham, The Lowry, Déda, Cambridge Junction, DanceXchange, and Dance4. Supported by Shoreditch Town Hall and Candoco Dance Company.
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Contains depictions of kink experiences, suffocation, humiliation, dominant behaviour, sexually explicit depictions and language, descriptions of feeling othered, loud noises, flashing lights and sexy disabled people. You can find the full list of content warnings on the Dan Daw Creative Projects website here. Some of this information may include spoilers regarding show content.