A fun, magical dance show for families and children aged 3-5

Wed 25 Oct, 12.15pm & 2.30pm

Prepare to soar through the fluffy clouds where flocks of birds and butterflies flutter. Explore the dream-like world that waits above us, in this multi-sensory dance experience for families.

Take your little ones on a magical journey with Skydiver and experience how movement, sound and stunning visuals bring whimsical characters to life in an enchanting encounter in the skies.

Greek dance artist, dramaturg and director Xenia Aidonopoulou makes visually stunning dance-theatre works filled with wonder and imagination that will excite the youngest audience members.

Presented by Little Big Dance
Co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella
This event is part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2023, 6-31 October. Dance Umbrella is London’s international dance festival, taking place every October across the capital and online. Booking and more via


Drop-in to the foyer before the show on Wed 25 Oct to make simple paper puppets inspired by Skydiver.  Create a bird or a butterfly to dance in the sky!  Suitable for all ages. Adult supervision is required. Drop in from 11am – 12 noon or 2pm – 2.30pm


A thrilling family-friendly dance workshop inspired by Skydiver, led by the talented dance artist Francesca Matthys. This interactive experience will ignite your creativity and transport you to a world where you can play, soar, and bring the sky-bound characters to life, to the originally composed score by Jonny Pilcher.

Suitable for all ages. Adult supervision is required. FREE for people attending the performance. Limited space – reserve your space in advance when book your show tickets using the link above and selecting Workshop & Show Package.

Workshop times: 12.55 – 1.55pm & 3.10 – 4.10pm

Production trailer by Big Egg

Xenia Aidonopoulou

Xenia is an artist with a background in dance dramaturgy and performance, making visually compelling dance-theatre works. She has worked extensively in dance for the National Theatre of Greece, Athens and Epidaurus Festival, Thessaloniki Concert Hall and Onasis Stagi. Between 2005 and 2017, she worked as a dramaturg and creative consultant with Oktana Dancetheatre and current director of the Greek National Opera Ballet, Konstantinos Rigos. Her work has been presented in venues including Sadler’s Wells, Polka Theatre, South Bank Centre and Royal Opera House. She is a member of the UK Dramaturgs’ Network and Artist Development Troop at Cambridge Junction.


Concept & Direction Xenia Aidonopoulou

Created with and performed by Lydia Walker & (JJ) William James/ Yu-Chien Cheng & Philip Hulford

Cast at Studio 3 Arts (JJ) William James & Lydia Walker

Music Composition Jonny Pilcher

Costume Design Mayou Trikerioti

Puppet & ‘Clouds’ Design Alison Alexander

Scenography Xenia Aidonopoulou, Alison Alexander, Mayou Trikerioti

Lighting Design Chris Burr, Xenia Aidonopoulou

Creative Producer Lia Prentaki

Production Manager Chris Burr

Costume Maker Caroline Husband

Prop Maker Mavi Curiel

Find us

Address: Studio 3 Arts, Galleon Centre, Boundary Rd, Barking IG11 7JR

15 minutes walk from Barking town centre and train/tube station.   

Tube & Train: Barking has great public transport connections with District Line, Hammersmith & City, Overground and C2C services all coming into Barking Station. You can get from central London to Studio 3 Arts in less than an hour.

The closest station is Barking (District line) then a 10-12 minute walk or Bus no 62 towards Gascoigne.  The closest bus stop is Boundary Road.

Other buses in Barking are: 287, 5, 368, EL1 EL2 – then 10-12 minute walk

PLACES TO PARK: You will be able to park in the London Road Car Park or the Bobby Moore Car Park next to the Broadway Theatre and any on street parking (restricted to max of 4 hours). For parking, the payment method of choice for this borough is PAYBYPHONE so we suggest you use the app or go to in advance

You can also park in the Asda Barking car park (free for up to 3 hours if you spend £5).