“Pure dance … profoundly communicative … outstanding” The Daily Telegraph

At once meditative and mechanical, everything that rises must dance is a compelling celebration of female movement, incorporating both the everyday and the universal.

Created with more than 200 women from across London this free performance unfolds in three venues around the capital. Rippling with choreography that reproduces the minute movements of daily life while weaving in fragments of folk dance from around the world, the spectacle sets expressive, physical action to an evolving sonic score.

Director and choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies is known for making engrossing large scale work within dance and theatre and here has devised everything that rises must dance with composer Lucy Railton. This intriguing project exploring relationships, identity and community receives its premiere as part of Dance Umbrella 2018.

Please note: photography and filming taking place at all performances.


Dance Umbrella is supporting the Mayor’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to celebrate the centenary of the first women winning the right to vote and tackle gender inequality in London.

Choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies
Composer Lucy Railton
Stage Manager Christie DuBois
Stage Manager Alicia White
Production Manager Kady Howey Nunn
Dance Captains  Antigone Avdi, Amanda Dufour, Camilla Isola, Claudia Palazzo, Inês Pinheiro, Valentia Formenti, Makiko Aoyama, Jennifer Irons, Ciara Lynch and Gabrielle Nimo

Presented by Dance Umbrella
Produced by Complicité

In partnership with Greenwich Peninsula, Croydon Council and Somerset House

Initial research for everything that rises must dance was supported by the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project, with Dance Umbrella, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Trinity Laban and Sadler’s Wells

Generously supported by The Thistle Trust