Little Big Dance
Little Big Dance
Launched in 2019, Little Big Dance is the national programme changing the face of dance work for younger audiences: bringing dance artists together with 0-5 year-old children, early years specialists and dramaturgs to create new work.Read More
Thu 15 June 2023
Thu 26 March 2020
About Little Big Dance
The first stage of Little Big Dance supported the creation and touring of two stunning new works by artists George Fellows and Takeshi Matsumoto, delighting young audiences and receiving critical acclaim.
In the second stage of this pioneering programme, 13 artists receive training and mentoring in developing work for young audiences. Artist Xenia Aidonopoulou, received the £30,000 Little Big Dance Cycle Two commission, will be working with children under five to create and tour Skydiver, a brand new piece of dance work for under five year olds.
Xenia will carry out research and development for the piece with children in nurseries and early years settings in all four Little Big Dance partner locations, including in Leeds with Yorkshire Dance.
Xenia will embark on a national tour of Skydiver in Autumn 2023 with performances on 27th October at our next Encounters Festival. Tickets TBA.
Xenia says: “Dance theatre for children under five and their grown ups is an extremely rewarding and unique experience for me. What I enjoy most is bringing the magic of dance to these intergenerational audiences in awe-inspiring moments experienced together.”
Little Big Dance Cycle Two is delivered in partnership with dance organisations South East Dance (Brighton), Dance East (Ipswich) and Take Art (Somerset) – an arts organisation with an early years specialism.
Little Big Dance is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England and is supported by Dance Umbrella, Strike a Light Festival and Imaginate/Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.