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Dan Daw returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING the curation of a Wild Card evening in 2017, in which he questioned our understanding of success and failure, Dan Daw returns to the Lilian Baylis Studio with The Dan Daw Show, on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5, 2020.

After years of inspiring non-disabled people simply because of who he is perceived to be, Daw seizes the moment to inspire himself. By taking ownership of the beautiful mess that encompasses all that he is, Daw lets go of who he once was, to make room for who he wants to be.

Daw is joined in an intimate evening of play by performer Christopher Owen (Joe Moran; Scottish Dance Theatre). The Dan Daw Show is a peep into the shiny and sweaty push-pull of living with shame, while bursting with pride.

Dan Daw launched Dan Daw Creative Projects in 2015 by commissioning two solo works – Beast by Martin Forsberg and On One Condition by Graham Adey, which received the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2017. Daw began working as a performer with Restless Dance Theatre in 2002, and since then he has gone on to work with Australian Dance Theatre (AUS), Force Majeure (AUS), FRONTLINEdance (UK), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), balletLORENT (UK), Candoco Dance Company (UK) and Skånes Dansteater (SWE).

Throughout his performance career, Daw 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, Martin Forsberg, Carl Olof Berg and Javier de Frutos.

A Candoco Associate Artist and a Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist (2015 – 2018), Daw continues to work at the forefront of collaborative performance making in the UK. He 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 One Dance UK’s Mentor Bursary and the National Theatre Step Change programme, furthermore evidencing his ambitions as a disabled artist to impact and lead the conversation on dance and disability.

Working as Associate Director, in partnership with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo, to commission, develop and produce new work and co-manages support and reflection for the company’s independent artists with disability, Daw plays an integral role in the development and delivery of Murmuration’s artistic programs and community activities.

In late 2019, he began making The Dan Daw Show in collaboration with theatre director Mark Maughan and a larger creative team, which tours from May 2020. This is a continuation of their research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II in 2017.

Tickets: £17. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8000 or visit www.sadlerswells.com/.

Time: 8pm.