This event was part of our 2021 Edition

Grass Films: Sunny Days & Insect Hands Second Hand Dance

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


Explore the ground and all its wriggling inhabitants in this double bill of quirky dance films for young audiences.

Grass Films: Sunny Days & Insect Hands
Grass Films – Sunny Days by Second Hand Dance © Foteini Christofilopoulou
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28 May—01 Jun

Look down. What are you standing on? Discover the world beneath your feet with Sunny Days and Insect Hands!

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FREE - Booking required

How long?

Sunny Days (5m17s) and Insect Hands (6m38s)

Available to watch in Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK only.

Audio described versions of these films are also available HERE.

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

A schools package is available. For school bookings, please contact The Ark on

From the show

Grass Films – Sunny Days by Second Hand Dance © Foteini Christofilopoulou
Grass Films – Sunny Days by Second Hand Dance © Foteini Christofilopoulou
Grass Films – Insect Hands by Second Hand Dance © Alice Underwood
Grass Films – Insect Hands by Second Hand Dance © Alice Underwood
Rosie Heafford © Foteini Christofilopoulou
Rosie Heafford © Foteini Christofilopoulou

“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

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 mini-beast 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.

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Enhance your Experience

Grass Films Family Workshops: 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 dance! Booking is essential as places are limited. Read more and book HERE.

You can also download fun interactive Family Packs to make the most of your Grass Films experience.

Sunny Days Family Pack
Insect Hands Family Pack


  • 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, 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

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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