The Dan Daw Show
Dan Daw Creative Projects
Presented by Arts House and RISING
Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 June, 2023
Thu – Sat, 8.30pm
Auslan Interpreted Performance
Sat 17 June, 8.30pm
Audio Described Performance and Tactile Tour
Sun 18 June, 6pm
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General Admission $49
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These are not relaxed performances in the usual sense, but audience members are welcome to come and go as they please, make noise/respond to the work/be themselves for the duration of the performance
Suitable for audiences 16+
The Dan Daw Show has depictions of kink experiences, suffocation, humiliation, dominant behaviour, sexually explicit depictions and language, descriptions of feeling othered, loud noises, flashing lights and sexy disabled people.
3 Blackwood St
Candid, kinky and captivating performance that deals with the emotional core of shame and pride.
“I want to feel this free all the time.” – Dan Daw
After having spent a lifetime being an inspiration to others, queer disabled performance-maker Dan Daw is finally seizing the moment to inspire himself.
Taking ownership of the beautiful mess that encompasses all that he is, Dan lets go of who he once was to make room for who he wants to be.
Dan is joined in an intimate evening of play by performer and collaborator Christopher Owen (Joe Moran, Scottish Dance Theatre) where Dan takes back the power by being dominated on his own terms.
Nominated for the 2021 National Dance Awards, and directed by Mark Maughan (The Claim, Petrification), The Dan Daw Show is a peep into the shiny and sweaty push pull of living with shame while bursting with pride.
This is a show about care, intimacy and resilience, about letting go and reclaiming yourself.
“Daw joyfully demonstrates that his body is beloved, audacious, sexual and disabled – not but, but and.” Springback Magazine
“Daw’s use of kink to explore his relationship with his own body does seem cathartic to him, and it’s never anything less than watchable.” The Reviews Hub
A sub/Dom relationship is used to allow Dan and Christopher to talk about the nuances of joy, care, internalised ableism, allyship and interdependence. It is also used as a way of inviting audiences to be with Dan’s “messy body” in a way that nothing else can. At its core, ’The Dan Daw Show' is fundamentally a work about care, about intimacy, about resilience, about letting go and reclaiming yourself.
“Whenever I’m performing and when I’m fucking, I’m unapologetic in the way I navigate space and inhabit my body. However, outside of these worlds, finding this freedom is much harder, because I’m living in a world that isn’t designed with my Queer, crippled body in mind. This is essentially what this piece examines – what if I could feel this free all of the time?” - Dan Daw
About the artists
Dan is Associate Director of Sydney-based performance company, Murmuration. Working in partnership with Sarah-Vyne Vassallo to commission, develop and produce new work by disabled artists, Dan plays an integral role in the development and delivery of Murmuration’s artistic programs and community activities.
Dan continues to work at the forefront of dance and disability in Australia and the UK, having commissioned two solo works – ‘Beast’ by Martin Forsberg and ‘On One Condition’ by Graham Adey, which received the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award 2017.
‘Beast’, a Trinity Laban/Greenwich Dance Compass Commission, supported by Arts Council England, previewed at the Swedish Performing Arts Biennale (May 2015), Brighton Dome (November 2015), and premiered at Greenwich Dance (November 2015). Resulting from its inclusion in British Dance Edition (March 2016), ‘Beast’ toured to Sydney Festival (January 2018) and Berlin’s Sophiensaele (June 2018).
‘On One Condition’, a co- commission with Murmuration (AUS), premiered at Skanes Dansteater (September 2015), before being presented at Sadler’s Wells, New York’s SoHo Playhouse, Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals 2017, where it received the Adelaide Fringe Best Theatre Award.
Dan began working as a performer with Restless Dance Theatre in 2002, and since then Dan has gone on to work with Australian Dance Theatre (AUS), Force Majeure (AUS), FRONTLINEdance (UK), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), balletLORENT (UK) and Skånes Dansteater (SWE).
Throughout his performance career, Dan 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, Matthias Sperling, Carlos Motta, Martin Forsberg, Carl Olof Berg, Dinis Machado and Javier de Frutos.
Dan continues to work at the forefront of collaborative performance making in Australia and the UK. Dan 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 the National Theatre Step Change programme (2012), Dance UK’s Mentor Bursary (2013), Sadler’s Wells Summer University (2015 – 2018) and Belgrade Theatre’s Agent for Change (2018), furthermore evidencing his ambitions as disabled artist to impact and lead the conversation on dance and disability.
Director: Mark Maughan
Assistant Director: Thyrza Abrahams
Movement Director: Sarah Blanc
Designer: Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer: Nao Nagai
Composition & Sound Design: Guy Connelly
Video Designer: Froud
Performers & Collaborators: Dan Daw & Christopher Owen
Dramaturg: Brian Lobel
Artistic Peer Support: Dr Kate Marsh
Producer: Liz Counsell
Access Support: Zed Lightheart
Supported using public funding from Arts Council England through project grants, Co-commissioned in 2019/20 by Sadler’s Wells, Arts House Melbourne, DanceHub Birmingham, The Lowry, Déda, Cambridge Junction, DanceXchange and Dance4. Supported by Shoreditch Town Hall, Candoco Dance Company and I’m Here, Where Are You? Festival. Research supported by Jerwood Choreographic Research Project II.
Image Credit: Hugo Glendinning
Image Description: Dan, a white man with short shaved hair, tattoos all over his arms is being held up vertically in the air with an arm wrapped around his stomach and neck. Dan is topless and is wearing PVC black shorts. Dan is looking at the camera with a half smile. His arms are holding on to the person behind him. The person behind him is largely hidden behind Dan’s body – they are white and their bare torso, black shorts and arms, that are wrapped around Dan, are visible.