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POWER performance in action. Audience are sitting on the floor of a dark studio lighted by a few small yellow spotlights. In between them 3 dancers are dancing powerfully. Everyone is watching them with smiles.

POWER Performance, 2023. Photography: Genevieve Reeves.

FEAR | Now open for sign up

A community performance project in Elephant and Castle for all ages and experience.  

Do you love to dance and move?  
Do you want to meet new people?
Do you want to perform? 

Join us for FEAR, a series of FREE workshops with a final celebratory performance. This project runs for just over 2 weeks, from 6 June – 22 June 2024 at Siobhan Davies Studios. 

FEAR is the third of four performance projects – LANGUAGE, POWER, FEAR, EMOTION – made in Elephant and Castle. Check out what we got up to in previous projects here.

Taking Part

It’s FREE to take part and no experience is necessary, but enthusiasm is essential.

We encourage people local to Elephant and Castle to join us – you might live, work, study or have ties here.

All ages are welcome! Participants under 12 must be with a guardian over 18 who is also participating. Participants between 12 and 18 attending alone will need to provide a guardian’s consent ahead of the sessions. Our lead facilitators have been DBS checked.

We have a limited number of travel bursaries available, these can cover return bus fares to get to/from the workshops. When you sign up there is a tick box to let us know that you would like one.

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About the workshops

The theme for this year’s performance is FEAR: we will be exploring the fear of the unknown, the fear of our space or comfort being threatened, and how fear can controls us. Working together, we’ll ask how we can challenge fear through support and trust in one another.

Annie Pui Ling Lok and Juan Ayala will lead the workshops in collaboration with guest artists Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot and Anna Alvarez. The workshops will be influenced by these artist’s different interests and backgrounds – which include contemporary dance, theatre-making, Argentine tango, Aikido and Contact Improvisation.

Each participant is invited to take part in nine workshops between Thursday 6 June – Saturday 22 June 2024, including the celebratory performance on Saturday 22 June.

Regular workshops will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with one additional workshop on the Friday before the show. There are three groups to choose from: Group A (morning), Group B (afternoon) or Group C (evening). Joint workshops on Saturday 8, 15 and Friday 21 June will bring all three groups together.

We encourage you to attend as many of the workshops of your chosen group as you can but if there are ones you cannot attend just let us know.  

About the Artists

Annie Pui Ling Lok has been a freelance dance artist since 1999 and Co-Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Siobhan Davies Studios (SDS) since 2021. Outside of SDS Annie continues to teach, choreograph, perform and parent. 

Juan Ayala is a director, dramaturg, performer and designer of over 50 works. Specializing in both devised theatre and adaptations his work combines narrative with abstraction to create poetic, comic and politically charged work.  

Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot dances for work and for joy with contact Improvisation and contemporary dance being her main techniques. She was an aikidoka during all of her childhood and teenage years and has danced Argentine tango for four years.

Anna Alvarez is a Latinx movement director, choreographer and teacher. Anna works between dance and theatre, drawing in and blending ideas from her movement heritage and the cultural landscape.

Taster Workshops

Join us for one of our Taster Workshops to get a flavour of what to expect from the project. Click the dates below to find out more and sign up!


Siobhan Davies Studios is mostly accessible, with lifts to all floors. There are two accessible parking spaces available on site which can be booked in advance. Blue Badge parking is also available nearby on West Square and Garden Row (for a full map visit the Southwark Council website). Our main door is power assisted.

Amenities include: 

  • Changing facilities* 
  • Communal showers* 
  • Lockers
  • Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets 
  • Kitchen: tea and coffee making, fridge, and microwave

* Our changing facilities and showers are not fully accessible. Our closest publicly available and fully accessible changing facility is at The Castle Centre, a leisure centre 0.3 miles away from the studios. You can find full details of their features here.

Join the waiting list

Sign up for FEAR is currently paused and we have begun a waiting list – please complete the form to join and be informed when places become available. In previous years places have become available ahead of, and during, the project.