Dancing with Colours

A joyful, sensory and slightly messy(!) new dance performance comes to Bradford this December, created and performed by local artist JoAnne Haines.

A red haired white woman in her thirties is sat on the floor throwing red powder paint in the air. She is wearing a white smock and her arms are covered in purple paint

Using the space as a canvas, this vibrant experience is all about transformation, as JoAnne explores how art is in everything & everybody we encounter each day. This new inclusive performance has been co-created with audiences of learning-disabled people & families in Bradford. As well as having heaps of fun and seeing the full colour spectrum of the world around us, this new performance makes us consider the power of art, in being able to transform both spaces, but also how we feel and interact with others.

Audiences will join learning-disabled artist JoAnne Haines to expressively dance with paint and create giant, colourful sheets of visual art. This new show explores just how performance can be made in collaboration with the audience and combines JoAnne’s experience as a performer and facilitator to celebrate creativity in everyone.

JoAnne comments: “Dancing With Colours is exciting because it’s new and it will challenge people’s expectations of their own creativity. I want people to watch the show and feel like they can be artists. Art is everywhere – out in the open air, the clouds, the water – there’s street art – you can find colour everywhere. 

“I’ve been dreaming of doing this show for a long time, bringing dance and visual art together. Being creative is important to me as it brings me comfort and keeps me calm. I want to share that feeling with other people.”

EVERYONE is welcome to come along and have some fun at the performances. Audiences can choose if and how they would like to participate and can simply observe if they wish, audience members will be standing and moving about the space but seats will be available for those who need them.


  • Wednesday 14 December, 7pm: Mind the Gap Studios, Bradford – SOLD OUT
  • Saturday 17th December, 11am & 2pm: Artworks Creative Communities, Bradford – Selling Fast

Tickets are Pay What You Decide for all performances but must be reserved in advance.

Book your tickets here…

Dancing with Colours is commissioned by Bradford Producing Hub and Arts Council England and supported by Mind the Gap.

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