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Our movements have been restricted and we’ve been confined to our homes. Our living rooms have become our cinemas, our gyms and offices – but also our dance floors. Drawing on this experience, 30 acrobats physically express the shared exhaustion, frustration and complications of living within drastically limited space, creating joy, absurdity and beauty while stuck at home on their sofas.  

In this short, uplifting film, we get a glimpse into different homes and a snapshot of how differently we’ve all dealt with the experience.  

Make your own Sofa Dance! Give it a go yourself or join in on a workshop to get tips from the pros. Don’t forget to tag Mimbre and DDF in your videos and include #MySofaDance and #DDF2021 so we can enjoy your creations too! Remember to dance safely and leave the tricky stuff to the professionals! 

Enhance your Experience 

The Sofa Dance Workshop: Join Mimbre's acrobats on Sunday 30 May for a family movement session, exploring how you can balance and support one another and use your sofa as a crashmat to explore some fun movement and adventurous shapes! Open to all ages and levels. Find out more HERE.

“This film is a joyous celebration of the diversity of contemporary circus.” The Lowry Blog 

“Predominantly performed by women, there is a refreshing diversity in The Sofa Dance that allows for different body shapes and ages all contributing increasingly sophisticated gymnastic movements. There is a fun feeling to this segment, recording families larking about and tricks going slightly wrong, aided by the very natural style that Le Fol and Johansson employ making it all feel spontaneous but coordinated.” The Reviews Hub 



Directed by: Arthur Le Fol, Lina Johansson   

Cast: Alison Halstead, Anesta Mathurin, Arielle Lauzon, Charmaine Childs, Emily Nicholl, Farrell Cox, Fiona Thornhill, Freya Stokka, Jackie Le Jessica Ladley, Joana Dias, Julia Cheng, Karin Melin, Lina Johansson, Lisa Whitmore, Lissy Lovett, Lucie Maisha N’Duhirahe, Lynn Scott, Maiya Leeke, Natasha Khamjani, Nikki Hill, Rachel Baird, Rebecca Solomon, Rebecca Rennison, Rebecka Nord, Reece Lyons, Rosy Roberts, Ruby Gaskell, Silvia Fratelli, Sophie Northmore  

Edited by: Arthur Le Fol 

Choreographed by: Lina Johansson in collaboration with the cast 

Filmed by: Cast at home locations  

Music: Just a Place  

Music written by: Peter Matson, Domenica Fossati   

Featuring: Aélia Katsaiti Nord, Dylan Fratelli-Burch, Kalani Khamjani-Wilson, Lev Maggor, Eva Ruth Euba, Frida Fratelli-Burch, Marnie Power, Milian Nord Katsaitis, Raya Maggor, Ronja Talbot, Skyla Khamjani-Wilson, Suki Keighley, Tuva Talbot  

Additional Dancers: Graciette Dias, Clement Stokes, Amani Talbot, Agneta Olsson, Cecilia Baird, Josie Saunders, John Ladley  

Guest appearances: Special thanks to our flatmates, families and partners   

Project Manager: Zsófia Szendrei   

Executive Producers: Alistair Spalding and Bia Oliveira (Sadler’s Wells), Fiona Morris (The Space) 

Photo: Joana Dias, Ruby Gaskell

The Sofa Dance is a short film commissioned as part of BBC Arts’ and Arts Council England’s Culture in Quarantine: Filmed in Lockdown and is supported by Sadler’s Wells and The Space.

  • Runtime
    5 minutes
  • Country
    United Kingdom