Duration: 40 min

‘I want to see bodies of all shapes and sizes on stages showcasing what they can do and being celebrated in contemporary performances because we have a responsibility and a duty of care as artists to start showing bodies on stage that will inspire the next generation of creators and performers who want to join the industry but aren’t sure if its for them. I believe it is for them. I want to see them taking up space and moving more on stages across the UK.’

– Yolanda Mercy for The Stage

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Three dancers leap up onto a brown leather sofa, smiling big warm smiles at each other, clearly they are close friends. Their outfits are all 90s inspired in shades of orange and red. The background of the image is an orange, textured like paper.

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Cast & Creatives

Choreography, text and Direction: Yolanda Mercy

Performers: Courtney McCarthy & Destiny Bennett-Ellis
Music: Auris Delan
Understudy: Mollie Sutcliffe

Associate Choreographer: Yukiko Masui
Video Designer: Gillian Tan
Set Designer: Debbie Duru
Lighting Designer: Joshie Harriette
Costume Designer: Rebecca Bevan
Dramaturg: Kirsty Housley
Rehearsal Director: Valentina Formenti & Ruben Brown

Production Manager: Chris Burr
Stage Manager: Stacey Nurse

Photos: Camilla Greenwell
Graphic Design: Elle Eveleigh
Trailer: Henry Curtis

Dance Body is produced by The Place, co-commissioned by The Place, Art House Jersey, Cambridge Junction, Deda and Strike A Light. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.


Yolanda Mercy | Choreography, text and Direction

Yolanda Mercy is an Award Winning British Nigerian Writer and Performer for Screen, Stage and Audio. Her work has also been nominated for a BAFTA and writers guild award.

Named Artist to Watch by the British Council, part of the BFI x BAFTA mentoring scheme under the guidance of Anne Mensah and a winner of the prestigious channel 4 Playwright award, Yolanda is carving out a career across a variety of mediums. Her writing has featured in Huffington Post and she is a published author with Bloomsbury Books for her award winning play Quarter Life Crisis.

Her ★★★★★ productions have been described as "relatable, funny and very honest". Comedy, music and audience participation are the key ingredients that make up her unforgettable live shows.

​Yolanda's bubbly personality has resulted in her being booked for interviews on platforms and programs such as BAFTA x BFI careers advice panels, BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends and Today Tix.

In addition to her creative work Yolanda is passionate about shaping the legacy of the creative industries