Please note: Our lift is currently out of service. We are in the process of resolving the issue and expect repairs to be completed by mid-July.

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LANGUAGE

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

Do you live, work or study in Elephant and Castle? 
Do you love to dance, move and meet new people? 
Do you want to be in a new performance that you’ve helped to create?

LANGUAGE will be the first of four summer projects creating and dancing with our neighbours in Elephant and Castle. This work considers what local dance can be in the ongoing COVID-19 context and is a major feature of new Artistic Directors Annie Pui Ling Lok and Kat Bridge‘s programme.

Attention: Due to technical faults, there is currently no lift access at Siobhan Davies Studios. Because of this some of the LANGUAGE workshops will take place at our studios and some at Charlotte Sharman Primary School, which is accessible and is next door to our studios. Find out more in the workshops section below.


About the project

We’re inviting those with a strong connection to Elephant and Castle to create a new dance performance with us. It will involve up to 12 sessions in June and July with some incredible artists, ending with a celebratory performance on Saturday 9 July.

The theme is LANGUAGE – exploring different dance styles and languages, moving to express ourselves, the power of communication and the fun and frustration that comes with it. 

Who can take part

Participants should have a strong connection to Elephant and Castle: you might live, work, study or have family here.

Experience: No previous experience of dance, movement or performance is needed, but enthusiasm to try is essential!

Age:

  • Participants under the age of 12 must be with a guardian over the age of 18 who is also participating. This is a project where everyone who attends takes part.
  • 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.

How to take part

Participation is FREE. 

Tell us that you want to take part by: 

About the workshops

Led by skilled dance and theatre artists you will join other participants to think, play and create a new performance together over 10 sessions, a final rehearsal and the show itself. Attend as many or as few of your group’s sessions as you can but make sure we know that you’re coming!

When

Sessions will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (+ a final rehearsal on Friday 8 July). For the Tuesday and Thursday sessions you can join one of three groups: A, B or C (morning, afternoon or evening). Saturday sessions will bring all participants together from 2pm – 5pm.

Where

As there is currently no lift access at our studios, some of the workshop sessions will take place at our studios and some at Charlotte Sharman Primary School, which is accessible and is next door to our studios.

  • Group A & B sessions on Tuesday and Thursdays will take place at Siobhan Davies Studios.
  • Group C evening sessions, and the Saturday sessions for all participants, will take place at Charlotte Sharman Primary School.

Siobhan Davies Studios is less than 5 minutes walk from Elephant and Castle station. Go to our Visit Us page to find out how to get here. For these sessions at Charlotte Sharman Primary School, please arrive at our studios and we’ll go next door together.

About the artists

Lead facilitators Annie Pui Ling Lok and Juan Ayala will be joined by guest artists Akeim Toussaint Buck, Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey Mamasita, Emiko Ishii, Maiya Leeke and Josh Hawkins, working across a range of movement styles including: Vogue-chi, Hip-hop, Caribbean dance, Contemporary dance, Kathak and martial arts.

ACCESS AND AMENITIES at our studios and charlotte sharman primary school

At Siobhan Davies Studios

Please note: Our lift is currently out of service. We are in the process of resolving the issue and expect repairs to be completed by mid-July.

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 not power assisted.

Amenities include: 

  • Changing facilities* 
  • Communal showers* 
  • Lockers
  • Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets on the ground floor and first floor
  • Kitchen: tea and coffee making, fridge, dishwasher and a not fully accessible microwave
  • Quiet breakout space

* 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. 

At Charlotte Sharman Primary School

There are parking spaces available on site via West Square, with step-free access to the school hall we’ll be working in.

Amenities include: 

  • Toilets / wheelchair accessible toilets on the ground floor
  • Drinking fountains
  • Quiet breakout space

If you would like to talk about your access requirements in advance of visiting please call us on 0207 091 9650.


let us know that you’re interested

All participants over the age of 12 must complete this form. Refresh this webpage to submit multiple members of a group.

Workshops will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (+ a final rehearsal on Friday 8 July and performance on Saturday 9 July). You can attend as many or as few of your group’s sessions as you want.
Download the Workshop Timetable