Aracaladanza and MOKO Dance announce UK tour of Vuelos (Flights)

 A family friendly dance theatre show for 5+ years, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci

Multi-award winning international company Aracaladanza in association with MOKO Dance present Vuelos, meaning Flights, a new dance theatre production for children aged 5+years and their families, touring the UK from 5 May to 13 June.


After critically acclaimed Constellations (2012), Clouds (2009), and Slice of Paradise (2006), a trilogy inspired by the work of Spanish surrealists Miró, Magritte and Bosch, in Vuelos, Aracalandanza’s choreographer and director Enrique Cabrera delves into the imagination of the visionary genius of Leonardo da Vinci.


Cabrera has captured the creativity and innovation of Leonardo da Vinci’s exceptional inventiveness whilst retaining Aracaladanza’s trademark playfulness and style. This production inspires a sense of wonder in everyone who sees it, and encourages us all to allow our imaginations to take flight and make extraordinary things happen. This is a delight to be shared by anyone who has ever dared to dream.


***** “Visually stunning and abundantly playful: the children are entranced by it” The Stage (on Constellations, MOKO Dance UK Tour 2014)


“Fantastic, visually beautiful: loved it all” Audience member (on Constellations, MOKO Dance UK Tour 2014)


As with all other MOKO Dance performances, Vuelos-inspired activities will be available for the whole family to enjoy together, from creative dance workshops to arts-based activities held in the foyer pre and post show.



Vuelos is produced by Aracaladanza, co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, Festival Grec, Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Teatro de la Abada and Comunidad de Madrid.

Supported by Arts Council England, the 2016 UK tour is produced by MOKO Dance.

UK tour dates: 5 May – 13 June 2016



About Aracaladanza

Multi award-winning Aracaladanza led by acclaimed choreographer Enrique Cabrera, specialises in making visually stunning dance theatre for children and families and for nearly two decades has been delighting audiences throughout Europe and beyond by creating hypnotic dream worlds that take you on adventures full of wonder and imagination.


Most of the team have worked with many outstanding choreographers in Spain and Latin America, as well as with Spanish national dance companies, and have been awarded Spain’s most prestigious awards. Glued by the enthusiasm of the real truthful soul of Aracaladanza, the Spanish-Argentine choreographer Enrique Cabrera, the Vuelos artistic team would be unthinkable without Elisa Sanz (set & costume design), Pedro Yagüe (lighting design), Ãlvaro Luna (video projection), Luis Miguel Cobo (music composition), Ricardo Vergne (props design and build), and El Nudo Compañía Teatral offering ideas on puppetry.



Vuelos UK Tour Dates (MOKO Dance)


Thurs 5 May, 5.30pm                    

Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Box office: 01227 769 075


Sat 7 May, 2.00pm

artsdepot, London

Box office: 020 8369 5454


Tue 10 May, 7.00pm

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Box office: 0121 236 4455


Thurs 12 May, 6.00pm

Fri 13 May, 11.00am

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

Box office: 01202 203630


Sat 21 May, 11.30am & 3.00pm 

Sun 22 May, 2.00pm

Sadler’s Wells, London

Lilian Baylis Studio

Box office: 020 7863 8000


Tue 24 May, 7.00pm

South Hill Park, Bracknell

Box office: 01344 484123


Thurs 26 May, 1.30pm

Fri 27 May, 1.30pm & 6.00pm

Sat 28 May, 1.30pm

DanceEast, Ipswich

Box office: 01473 295230


Sat 4 June, 3.00pm & 6.00pm

Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Box office: 0115 846 7777


Thurs 9 June, 1.30pm

The Core at Corby Cube

Box office: 01536 470 470


Mon 13 June, 1.30pm

Key Theatre, Peterborough

Box office: 01733 207239




For further information, including interviews, images and press tickets contact:

Rachel Tarkenter, Head of Communications and Development, DanceEast

Tel 01473 295242 |


Ellie Hicks, Marketing & Communications Officer, DanceEast

Tel 01473 295241 |



Akram Khan Company and MOKO Dance have been awarded one of only six awards for Best Event in the 2015 Get Creative Family Arts Festival, with Chotto Desh, a magical dance theatre production for children aged 7 + years and their families to enjoy together.


The annual Get Creative Family Arts Festival is a national festival offering families an extraordinary range of arts activities to enjoy. Voted for by a panel of expert judges from the arts sector, the Awards recognise the outstanding events that took place within 2015 Festival and the organisations and venues that participated.


Akram Khan Company and MOKO Dance joined over 800 other organisations in delivering events as part of the 2015 festival, which took place between 9 October and 1 November 2015. Around 500,000 family members attended one of the 4,000 festival events across the UK.


Akram Khan’s DESH was an instant hit with audiences and critics alike when it was first presented in 2011. Last year Akram Khan Company with MOKO Dance and director Sue Buckmaster of Theatre-Rites adapted Khan’s much-loved production specifically for children aged 7+ and their families.


Chotto Desh, meaning ‘small homeland’, draws on Khan’s unique quality of crosscultural storytelling, creating a compelling tale of a young man’s dreams and memories from Britain to Bangladesh. Using a unique mix of dance, text, visuals and sound, Chotto Desh celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the modern world and promises to be a magical, thrilling and poignant dance theatre experience for families to enjoy together.


Chotto Desh was co-commissioned by MOKO Dance, Akram Khan Company, Sadler’s Wells, DanceEast, Théâtre de la Ville Paris, Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2016, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona and Stratford Circus Arts Centre and produced by AKCT.


Supported by Arts Council England, MOKO Dance is a national dance partnership dedicated to opening the eyes of children and their families to the power of dance.


The Get Creative Family Arts Festival celebrates at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 30 March at the Albany in London, recognising the Festival’s most engaging family events as well as highlighting the outstanding organisers amongst the huge variety of particiapting organisations


The Festival is run by the Family Arts Campaign, whose recent evaluation report found that 61% of organisations reported an increase in work shown for families across the country. Since its beginnings in 2013 the Festival has also included over 500 pieces of newly commissioned work specifically for families.


Phil Cave, Director of Engagement and Audiences at Arts Council England said: “Encouraging arts organisations to develop their family offer, and to consider the diverse needs of families in Britain today is really important. We are very pleased to continue to support the Family Arts Campaign, it has been a huge success to date and has reached a wide range of people. The Campaign continues to inspire artists, arts organisations and families to engage in a vast range of arts activities across the country. It provides time for families to get together and create shared memories, and to experience the power of engaging with the arts.â€


Planning is already underway for the next Get Creative Family Arts Festival, which will take place throughout October 2016. With extended dates, this year’s festival aims to involve even more families in exceptional programmes of events later this year. Visit the Family Arts Festival website to find out more: