Image: Hugo Glendinning


Dan Daw Creative Projects

Beautiful | Slippery | Mess

After having spent a lifetime being an inspiration to others, Dan 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.

15-18 June 2023
Sessions during APAM Gathering: Thu 15, Fri 16, Sat 17 June at 8:30pm, Sun 18 June at 6:00pm
Venue: Meat Market


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.

Trigger Warnings: 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.

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.


Creative Team

Artistic Director: Dan Daw
Director: Mark Maughan
Assistant Director: Thyrza Abrahams
Movement Director: Sarah Blanc
Designer: Emma Bailey
Lighting Designer: Nao Nagai
Composition & Sound Design: Guy Connelly
Dramaturg: Brian Lobel
Artistic Peer Support: Dr Kate Marsh
Performers & Collaborators: Dan Daw & Christopher Owen

Production Team

Executive Director: Liz Counsell
Production & Stage Manager: Froud
Access Coordinator: Zed Lightheart