Dublin Dance Festival

Grass Films: Sunny Days & Insect Hands with audio description | Second Hand Dance

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These films are audio described. For the version without the audio description, click HERE.

Dublin Dance Festival and The Ark present a double bill of films for ages 4 – 7 

Explore the world beneath your feet! 

Look down. What are you standing on? Discover the ground and all its wriggling inhabitants in this double bill of quirky dance films.  

Shot in the great outdoors, both films celebrate the magic of the natural world - rolling in long grass, finding spiders in the park and the warm feeling of the sun on your face. Sunny Days and Insect Hands will inspire you to really look at the world around you, and to get moving, get outside and play.  

Sunny Days: Feel, hear and smell the world around you. Roll in the long grass, scrunch it beneath your fingers and take a long deep breath. Sunny Days captures the magic of being free, of moving with abandon, and playing in the outdoors. A dance film for little explorers.

Insect Hands: How many insects can you spot? Join Takeshi and his animated minibeast friends for a dance in the great outdoors. A dance that invites you to look a little more closely at the world around you. Springtime blooms, tickly toes and scrunchy leaves will make you want to get outside, move around and play. 

A family activity pack for Sunny Days is available HERE and a family activity pack for Insect Hands is available HERE.

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Enhance your Experience 

Grass Films Family Workshop - Join Second Hand Dance for a fun dance workshop inspired by the Grass Films. Learn some of the moves from Sunny Days and Insect Hands, and create your own Insect Hands dance! Booking is essential as places are limited. Read more and book HERE.


A series of sensory films offering an additional way to explore the Grass Films will be made available for children who explore the world in a sensory way. Link is HERE.

A schools package is available. For school bookings, please contact The Ark on boxoffice@ark.ie.


The joyousness of exploring the bright green grass and the common six-legged friends found in the garden transcends age – the piece is aimed at children aged 4 – 7, but truly, it can be enjoyed by everyone” Disability Arts Online 


Director & Choreographer: Rosie Heafford  

Performers: Imogen Alvarez & Takeshi Matsumoto  

Filmmaker: Alice Underwood  

Rehearsal Director: Keir Patrick  

Music: James Marples, David Andrew & Amir Shoenfeld  

Sensory Engagement Advisor for Sensory Films: Joanna Grace  

Costumes: Rosie Heafford  

Animations: Will Powers and Joseph Eckworth  

Audio Description Creation: Rationale Method  

Audio Describer: Tashinga Matewe  

Executive Producer: Claire Summerfield at Tandem Works  

Assistant & Access Producer: Olive Kane  

Participation Producer: Sonya Mould 

Photo: Alice Underwood, Foteini Christofilopoulou

Created by Rosie Heafford, winner of the Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Shortlist Award. 

With thanks to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Sue & John Taylor, the Join Our Journey Expert Panel and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England 

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  • Runtime
    12 minutes
  • Country
    United Kingdom