This event was part of our 2021 Edition

The Sofa Dance Mimbre


A joyful short film where 30 performers share their experiences of lockdown from their sofas.

The Sofa Dance
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Ruby Gaskell
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28 May—08 Jun

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.

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FREE - Booking required

How long?

5 min 34 secs

Available to watch worldwide

From the show

The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Joana Dias
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Joana Dias
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Ruby Gaskell
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Ruby Gaskell
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Mimbre
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Mimbre
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Freya Stokka
The Sofa Dance by Mimbre © Freya Stokka

Drawing on the experience of having our movement restricted, 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 Workshops: Join Mimbre's acrobats on Sunday 30 May at 10am 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.


  • 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
  • Project Manager Zsófia Szendrei
  • Executive Producers Alistair Spalding and Bia Oliveira (Sadler’s Wells), Fiona Morris (The Space)

Special thanks to our flatmates, families and partners.

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.

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