Woman hiding her face behind a floating balloon with a space hopper on the floor.
-Ish by Aby Watson. Photo by Jassy Earl

Aby Watson – -ISH

rising / falling
silent / loud
able / unable
mind / body
steady / wobbly
order / chaos

-ISH is a choreography of movement, text and object exploring the murky territory that dyspraxia, an invisible coordination disorder, inhabits between the simple dichotomy of able / disabled. This compelling, playful and honest work is choreographed and danced by a dyspraxic and dyslexic artist. With energetic dance, rousing jazz music and uncontrollable objects, -ISH is a dyspraxic performance of real effort (and momentary chaos) which forms an unapologetic exploration of in-between-ness that flourishes with and thrives on dys-function.



ABY WATSON is a dance artist, maker and researcher based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her solo performance work marries movement, choreography, text, action and autobiography, with a vibrant neurodiverse energy, and deals with concepts of deskilling, failure, feminism and difference. Her work strives to challenge exclusive values in dance, and to celebrate the creative potential of neurodivergent authorship and visibility in performance. Her solo work has been seen across the UK and internationally at The Southbank Centre (London), Sophiensaele (Berlin), and Tramway (Glasgow) amongst others. She trained in Contemporary Performance Practice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she is currently doing a practice-led PhD, titled ‘Disordering Dance’, an artistic study into dyspraxia and dance practice.


14 November 2019
4 October 2019
1-2 May 2019
Sophiensaele, Berlin
19-20 October 2018
16 September 2018
Stanley Halls, London
9 September 2018
7 February 2018

Production details

Creative Producer
Daisy Douglas
Frauke Requardt
Luke Pell
Research Supervisors
Laura Bissell, Kate Marsh, Laura Bradshaw
Lighting Designer
Eleni Thomaidou


Daisy Douglas

Useful links

Aby Watson website
Disordering Dance website

Production images

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