Dance Makes the Floor is a project centred around the creation of a collectively made dance floor. This is an ongoing project, an archive will be created during its next stage.

“In 2020 when the world almost stopped I could feel the floor moving away from me. So I started to build my own.”

DMTF is an ongoing art work which aims to create sections of this dance floor in different locations with different communities, through workshops, conversations and public performances. Mark’s utopian hair-brained idea is to create a full sized dancer floor, made by all the dancers that have set foot upon it, bringing everyone together to dance.

This project is context specific, through the collaborations with different dance artists, DJs and community groups, the performances and presentations will shift according to the research produced with the collaborators.

As part of documenting this ongoing projects research and engagement with guest artists and communities of dancers Mark will develop video response to the contributions with each group and build an audio archive of the conversations had with the various artists invited to help build the floor. These videos and audios will be archived as part of the projects website and for future gallery presentations.

Images from Dance Makes the Floor at Govanhill Festival.
Photography - Erika Stevenson.

DMTF @ Govanhill Festival Creative Team.
LEAD ARTIST: Mark Bleakley
DANCERS: Kirstin Halliday, Lewis Normand & Jennifer Steele + The Line Dancers of Dixon Community Centre
SOUND DESIGNER: Cameron Howard
SOUND ARTIST AND DJ: Ros Fraser
FLOOR BUILDERS: Tosia Bargiełowska Johnsen, David Ronan, Hattie Simms & Lindsay Grime, Alice Healy-Smith, 
PROJECT COORDINATOR: Jack Tully
PRODUCER: Conner Milliken (of Hacks)
DJ'S: Corduroy Dreams & Lukas Delius
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Musheto Fernandez
DOCUMENTATION: Bircan Birol, Carmel Pia & Erika Stevenson

With thanks to RADIO BUENA VIDA and GOVANHILL BATHS


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