PDSW dancing invisibly in the streets

Published: 25 March 2021
Reporter: Vera Liber

Invisible Dances Credit: Courtesy of PDSW

Pavilion Dance South West will be dancing in the streets with the English première of Elisabeth Schilling's Invisible Dances, 6–10 April, as part of PDSW’s Dancing in the Streets Campaign.

This participatory piece combines dance and visual art to overcome the challenges of lockdown to connect artists and audiences. The performance is unannounced but takes place at night on the streets while residents sleep, ready to surprise them the next morning.

A group of socially-distanced local dancers will meet in the middle of the night accompanied by the same number of “tracers”. The dancers start dancing while, behind them, the tracers mark each pathway with chalk spray. These traces are a public memory of a dance no-one saw, and an invitation for everyone to join the dance in the street.

Artistic Director and CEO of Pavilion Dance South West, Zannah Chisholm said, "while our building is closed due to COVID restrictions, we have been exploring new and creative ways to bring dance to people in our local community. Invisible Dances is part of our #DancingInThe Streets campaign that will be rolling out over the summer. It is for all ages, experience and most of all is a fun and safe way to join in and enjoy dance."