Dan Canham

performance maker

Dan Canham is a contemporary performance maker and choreographer. Central to his work lies an exploration that puts those performing and the felt experience of real human stories at its heart.

Chief instigator behind Still House, a performance company with shows including SESSION, Of Riders & Running Horses, Ours Was the Fen Country and 30 Cecil Street.

As movement director Dan has worked with Sally Cookson at the National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Tobacco Factory and Rose Theatre Kingston, as well as work with Verity Standen, Idle Motion, Bryony Kimmings, Coney, Aga Blonska & Tassos Stevens.

He is a National Theatre Studio New Work affliliate artist.

Dan has previously worked as a performer for Kneehigh Theatre, DV8 Physical Theatre, Punchdrunk & Fabulous Beast among other companies.

He draws a lot of inspiration from work outside of the UK and is open to collaborative possibilities within the UK and beyond.

Portfolio

SESSION

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A collaboration with Tottenham’s Empire Sounds and Steppaz Performing Arts Academy. A wild and celebratory dance event for non-orthodox performance spaces. “One of the most inspiring, infectious, profound and important performance events that I have ever attended.” Emma Rice, Wise Children.

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30 Cecil Street

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Live dance-theatre concerning a dilapidated theatre. Toured over 4 years extensively throughout the UK and internationally including PuSh -Vancouver and Brisbane Festival.

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Ours Was The Fen Country

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A piece of theatre using dance, sound and music drawn from interviews with people of the fens in East Anglia. Toured extensively throughout the UK including the National Theatre temporary space.

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Of Riders & Running Horses

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Night. We find a space in the margins of the city in which to gather: to start an ad hoc ceremony, to stamp our feet and shake our limbs, to dance in the face of an ending. Of Riders & Running Horses is a stirring and visceral dance event by Still House created as a communal animation of urban spaces. A gang of female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together. The music is a rider and we are running horses.

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