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The Sticky Dance

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 May 2024 

Get ready to join the fun with The Sticky Dance! Three dancers use colourful sticky tape to create a vibrant, interactive performance that invites children to join in with the show.

Second Hand Dance presents

The Sticky Dance

Three dancers’ shimmy through the audience weaving a tapestry of sticky tape in this tactile dance performance for young children.

They invite you to tape, stick and groove, to see and feel sound or to be still, watch and listen.

The Sticky Dance is an interactive, engaging and colourful performance installation for children and their families.

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 May 2024
Attenborough Arts Centre
10.00am - 12.00pm & 2.00pm - 4.00pm (in 45 minute intervals)
45 minutes (approx)
3 to 5 (and their grownups)
Pay what you decide

What to expect

Children and families have the freedom to engage with the performers and space as they choose. The performance of The Sticky Dance is wordless, with occasional instructions or greetings from the company. To assist families in preparing for the experience, a visual story will be provided.

While the performance does not feature bright or flashing lights, it does include a soundscape played through embedded speakers in the set. Additionally, certain set structures incorporate technology that translates music into vibration. Seating options such as floor cushions and chairs are available.

The interactive nature of the performance installation allows participation in any comfortable manner, whether through watching, listening, touching, dancing, or moving about. Participants are encouraged to find their own way of engaging, with performers available to join or accompany them.


Co-commissioned by The Southbank Centre and The Place, and South East Dance with support by Stanley Arts. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


This event has wheelchair access
Relaxed performance

More about the show

The Sticky Dance is open for 2 hours for each performance. Please book one of the entrance slots available every 15 minutes. We recommend you spend approximately 45 minutes in the space, although you can choose to stay for longer or less. The first 2 booking slots at each performance have less audience members in the space, for children who might prefer this.

Latecomers and re-entry is permitted, however if the space is already full, we may ask you to wait.  

The Sticky Dance is co-created by Rosie Heafford & Takeshi Matsumoto, with designs by Alison Brown (Scottish Dance Theatre, Barrowland Ballet), and a soundscape by Dinah Mullen (Rachel Mars Forge, Kate Cross/Tim Bell Squirrel).Co-commissioned by The Southbank Centre and The Place, and South East Dance with support by Stanley Arts.

About Attenborough Arts Centre

Lancaster Road, Leicester, LE1 7HA
During weekdays, pay and display parking is available in Victoria Park (entrance on Granville Road). After 6pm and on weekends, free parking is available at the Medical Sciences Building next door.
For blue badge parking we have four parking bays at the front of our building, please call ahead at 0116 252 2455 to book a space.
0116 252 2455