Plan B for Utopia

Joan Clevillé Dance


Joan Clevillé Dance aims to create intimate works that are honest, original and thought-provoking; inviting audiences to share the performers’ enquiry about themselves, each other and the world we live in. Passionate about sharing their artistic practice and engaging with young and new audiences, the company performs in a variety of venues and contexts, and encourages participation through an extensive programme of creative learning opportunities.

Plan B for Utopia mixes dance, theatre and humorous storytelling to explore the notion of utopia and the role that imagination and creativity can play as a catalyst for change. Breaking the ‘fourth wall’, the piece creates an intimate space for play and reflection where audience and performers come together to re-imagine the world. Influenced by recent events in the international political landscape, the work explores how the private can become a vehicle for the discussion of the public; rendering the gravity and complexity of global challenges into something manageable, closer to human scale.

In the press

“a beautifully constructed show: laugh out loud, serious, profoundly silly, and a joy from start to finish” The Skinny

“…this new work from Joan Clevillé is so incredibly exciting… he gets it all very very right” The Scotsman

Production details

  • Choreographer

    Joan Clevillé
  • Designer

    Matthias Strahm, Emma Jones
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage

    3 Extra Suitcases

  • Touring Availability

    From Autumn 2017 to Spring 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    8m x 8m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance Courtyard (Pleasance 2)
  • Production dates

    21-27 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity




  • Creative Sessions: Designed to give participants an insight into the creation process of the work.
  • Dance Classes: Joan's contemporary technique classes combine elements of release technique, floor work and improvisation.
  • Master Classes: For dancers and physical theatre practitioners, exploring the company's artistic practice in depth.
  • CPD Sessions: These professional development sessions provide new tools to gain confidence in the studio for those teaching drama, physical theatre or dance. All physical sessions are tailored to the age and level of experience of each group including those with additional support needs.
  • Post-show Discussions: Meet the creative team, ask questions and share your thoughts and feelings about what happened on stage.
  • Interactive Installation: This small interactive installation will transform rural and community venues with props, images, music and information, giving audiences of all ages some food for thought around the themes of the piece.