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Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and ‘AMPS’ - a commission from Jerwood Charitable Foundation / Nick Anderson. Further support from: Tramway, The Work Room, Gessnerallee Zurich, Dance Base Edinburgh, Movement Research New York and Live Collision International Festival. 


Submerge Festival, Arnolfini, Bristol


Southbank Centre, London
Experimentica Festival, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff


Dance International Glasgow, Tramway
Gessnerallee, Zurich
Live Collision, Projects Arts Centre, Dublin

Ahl’s idiosyncratic ability to tease our imagination and heighten our awareness of what’s around us is seriously remarkable – The Herald

a choreography of sensation. Of vibration. Of sound. Of light. Of dark. It’s all material. And all laced up with a muted humourRosanna Irvine

I found the work both healing and magic; amongst sonic architectures and reverberating voices, I became part of a ritual that did not settle – Exeunt Magazine

 primal body materialising from the shimmering gloom and fading back into darkness. The effect is mind-altering, magical, cathartic – The Sick of he Fringe

Choreography/Concept/Performance: Louise Ahl/Ultimate Dancer
Sound/Light/Performance: Robbie Thomson
Costume: Zephyr Liddell
Dramaturgy: Jo Bannon

Photography: Jack Wrigley, Jana Rumley



In collaboration with Ultimate Dancer

Ultra-terrestrial temporary dance proclaiming the historic chant: tnahc cirotsih eht gnimialcorp ecnad yraropmet lairtserret-artlU

A vision of a giant or an alien with a message; Ultimate Dancer and Robbie Thomson bring discoveries from the dark places. Expect a neo-ancient display of natural-high inducing lights, sounds and trippy ritual dances.

In 2015, Ultimate Dancer went into a darkness retreat for five days – a purpose-built room isolated from all light and sound. Ceremonial darkness is a classical method for accessing vibrant unconscious and super-conscious states. The experience was deeply transformative; at times hallucinogenic, emotionally moving, physically painful and has thoroughly inspired the creation of YAYAYA AYAYAY.