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Dance. Dance. Have Feelings.

Dance. Dance. Have Feelings.

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  • Tue 6 Oct, 9:30pm – 10:30pm


BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $20.00
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Groups 6+: $18.00
  • 3 Show Pass: $45.00


NZ Improv Fest

288 ribs,
120 fingers,
24 legs,
12 faces,
3 known moments
1 absurdist world

Dance. Dance. Have Feelings. is a group of bodies all falling, flying, shifting through space. Making infinite instant decisions.

12 dancers negotiate an hour with only three shared moments of ‘choreography’.

We have some rules, they are made to be challenged.

We enjoy the sensations in our bodies. It’s hopelessly self-indulgent, over-emotional and existential.

We cry, we laugh, we self consciously groove to cheesy pop songs. We dance. We dance. We have feelings.

House of Sand have been working on a new method of dance improvisation for performance over the past two years. It seeks to access the emotions in motion and the motions in emotion. We are a group of dancers choreographing ourselves together moment to moment. We make instant embodied decisions that sit within a predetermined aesthetic framework.

We are thrilled to present our first ensemble work using this method Dance. Dance. Have Feelings. at the NZ Improv festival.

House of sand creates madcap, visceral performance work with a signature expressionistic style in and across artforms including theatre, dance, cabaret and visual & performance art.

House of Sand is the brainchild of sibling creative partnership Charley Sanders and Eliza Sanders, but it is more than a funny play on the surname Sanders. It’s a way of describing how our sibling creative partnership works: We’re like children on windblown beaches building castles, each one a collection of a billion tiny grains of inspiration, following our own sense of play. We gather people and ideas and build epic imaginative creations - knowing that eventually, whether with the next tide or the king tide - they will finally be washed away.

We came together through a shared belief that the dance and theatre worlds could learn a lot by looking to each other for innovative new ways of working and modes of performance, and it just so happened that we each had siblings on the other side of the fence! The playful blending of art forms to create experiences that are more fecund for audiences and more accessible to broad audiences is at the centre of our ethos as a company.

Dance. Dance. Have Feelings. joins NZ Improv Fest as a work not traditionally considered improv - but one that embraces spontaneity and highlights the huge crossovers between what we consider performance vs improv. We're thrilled to host it for 2020!

NZ Improv Fest invites lovers of improvised theatre everywhere to join us in celebrating the art form we all know and love this 3-11 October, from wherever you are and wherever you're at. Join us in Wellington, or connect with us online, in a celebration of world class, local talent!

NZ Improv Fest: Close To Home takes place at BATS Theatre
Performance programme 6-10 October 2020
Workshops 3, 4, 10 October 2020

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