Ever wondered what Contemporary Dance actually is?

From Martha Graham to Beyoncé; experience a blast from the past to a taster of today as your host Jennifer Irons guides you through a live dancesploration of where contemporary dance came from, where it is now and how we got here.

Commissioned by Dance Umbrella, DanceStory is a dance-theatre piece that physically and verbally reveals the history of contemporary dance for a younger audience. The work includes historical information, physical demonstrations, visuals and moments of participation, as well as revealing what the world of dance looks like today.

DanceStory will be touring to Greater London boroughs in 2021.

If you would be interested in finding out more about DanceStory or booking a performance in your school, library or community centre please contact Bethan Peters on: [email protected] or call 07498 232 515.

Gallery +

Photos by Camilla Greenwood

Production Credits +

A Dance Umbrella concept and production

Created and performed by Jennifer Irons
Co-written by Robert Churchill
Filming & trailer by Marco Benozzi
Historical consultant: Sasi Del Bono
Dramaturge: Christian From
With special thanks to: Akram Khan Company, Candoco Dance Company, Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot), Boy Blue, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Merce Cunningham Trust, Siobhan Davies

About Jennifer Irons +

Jennifer Irons is an award-winning choreographer, performer and director working internationally across theatre, commercial and socially engaged projects.

Born and raised in the Yukon, and now over 20 years living in the UK, she has been getting people together to dance since she was five years old.

Jennifer was Mass Movement Director for Akram Khan Company, Associate Choreographer with Complicité and Associate Artist with Candoco Dance Company from 2006 – 2016.

She is Co-Artistic Director of award-winning arts and technology collective MakeAmplify and is Founder and Director of ironINC in Africa; arts for cultural exchange and professional development program working with local partners across Africa and the Middle East.

Yukon Ho!, her one-woman cabaret style guide to surviving the arctic, is on tour in the UK from Spring 2022.