The Dancing Games

The Dancing Games is a daytime, hour-long, outdoor performance for family audiences. A highly interactive dance performance based on the science fiction adventure film series and novels The Hunger Games.

The story takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic future, where tributes must take part in the Dancing Games.  Like the original story the Tributes realise that rather than fight they must use their senses to connect to each other and navigate their environment in order to survive.

This performance is unrelenting in its raw energy and shares the story through the dancer’s physical relationship to site and each other in this sensory journey through the environment.  

Happy Dancing Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour!

See the short film of The Dancing Games on our channel and images from the premiere.


Participate in The Dancing Games


OK, back to the start! The Tributes (that's you!) must develop their senses to survive in the environment for The Dancing Games under the guidance of the Trainers (that's us!). Trainers take Tributes on a journey through the District of Sense, awakening their sensory skills, developing their special powers of awareness and training them how to collect currency.


In the Arena of Discovery they encounter movement experiences that test their sensory skills as they discover and explore.

Gathering golden cones from the cheeky sprites along the way, Tributes grow their sense strings.


The professional dancers, who've been rehearsing with a local youth group begin the Dance Capitol Ceremony.

And out of nowhere the Master of Sensemonies appears inspiring Tributes to join the conclusion to the ceremony.


The Commission

Cheshire Dance was commissioned by Wild Rumpus to create The Dancing Games at the Just So Festival, 15-17 August 2014

A full set of images from the Just So Festival are now on the gallery. See


So what did people think about The Dancing Games?

‘Such a great experience in the forest.’

‘Best performance of the weekend.’

‘We came half way through yesterday, came back to work out the characters, fantastic, well thought through, are you coming back next year?’… ‘It is by invitation...’,  ‘You definitely will be invited...’

‘Was good, my seven year old son was asking loads of questions about the Hunger Games, his friends have seen it but he hasn’t.’

‘Daughter who is ten has been to the performance twice, we haven’t done the participatory bit yet, however my daughter wants to come back and watch for a third time.’


An early mock-up...

Cheshire Dance
Cheshire Dance has a strong history of site-based performance work & intergenerational dance training and facilitation, led by Artistic Director Jacqueline McCormick.

Throughout our work we are curious about adapting to the unique qualities of site, where professional dancers are collaborating and performing with local participants, with the body and senses as a further source for creating and performing.  Additionally we open up a choice for audiences in how they relate to The Dancing Games, with opportunities to participate, watch and perform, some of whom will experience all 3.  We offer a unique experience for our audiences, our participants and our partners.



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