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Two performers in Ian Johnston's Dancer and mirrorball.

Image from Ian Johntson, Dancer. Photo by Niall Walker.

Ian Johnston

Theatre | 2014 supported work

A performance art work created by Ian Johnston, Gary Gardiner and Adrian Howells, Dancer is a gentle provocation on what it is to be a ‘dancer’. Ian and Gary both love to dance in public. Neither are trained dancers. Ian and Gary are two artists asking questions about visibility, opportunity and experiences; as well as sharing a few of their dances. ‘Dancer’ was developed with the support of The Arches and Sense Scotland, and Unlimited will support a tour of the work: £24,524 (Creative Scotland).

2 Minutes with Ian and Gary (captioned)

2 Minutes with Ian and Gary (audio-described)

Ian Johnston is a dancer, actor and performer, who over the last few years has held a number of leading roles in contemporary performances presented by Sense Scotland, as well as collaborating widely with organisations such as Dance Ihayami, Artform and Indepen-Dance. Gary Gardiner is a performer, director, producer and creative learning practitioner, working across a range of local and international contexts. He is the Artistic Director of 21 Century Challenges which pioneers arts education practice and contemporary performance work. Lucy Gaizely is a producer and artist of New Work encompassing live art practice, participation and hybrid art forms with a particular focus on diversity asking ‘who is and can be an artist’ and using this question to motivate her practice. Adrian Howells was a collaborator on ‘Dancer’ and passed away in March 2014. He was a performance-maker creating work that often promoted intimacy, vulnerability, mutual nurturing and genuine exchange with an audience.

Intimate performance that gently questions who is ‘allowed’ to dance; for smaller venues. Available for touring now.


Useful links

Artist website


Producer contact

Lucy Gaizely, lucygaizely@hotmail.com


Press quotes

“This is such a lovely piece of work: simple, generous-spirited, vulnerable and entirely without side.” ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“a complex and sometimes beautiful show” ★★★★ The Scotsman

“their repertoire throws off inhibitions and goes hell for leather” – AcrossTheArts

“displays the sheer joy that dance can bring to an individual” –The Public Reviews

“An absolute joy to watch, the production successfully leaves the audience with a renewed love for the medium of dance.” – The Public Reviews


Upcoming Events

18-28 August 2016 (excluding 22)Made in Scotland Showcase, Edinburgh Fringe

17 August 2016 (Preview)- Made in Scotland Showcase, Edinburgh Fringe



12 November 2015 – Inside Out Festival, Berlin

17 October 2015 – Citymoves Festival, Aberdeen

5 June 2015 – The Place, London

25-26 April 2015 – Behaviour Festival, The Arches, Glasgow

14 November 2014 – People Dancing Festival, Cardiff

6-8 November 2014 – Battersea Arts Centre, London

11 October 2014 – Fierce Festival, Birmingham

5-9 September 2014 – Southbank Centre, London