My cigarette is on fire! (& other stories) by Matthew Rawcliffe

My cigarette is on fire! (& other stories) by Matthew Rawcliffe

An interactive dance project made in collaboration with LGBTQIA audience members.

A Homotopia Commission

Created during intimate conversations with dedicated audience members, contemporary dance artist Matthew Rawcliffe will create and perform six bespoke new pieces.

Meeting with an audience member each morning via internet call, Matthew has surrendered control over the theme, colour scheme, costume, even the music, which will shape each dance. Matthew then has just 3 hours to choreograph, record and send this highly personal piece to the chosen audience member.

Where can I watch?

The films premiered on 12 May – 13 May and are now all live on our YouTube channel – enjoy!


Matthew Rawcliffe is a Manchester based dance artist trained at Rambert School. After winning the contemporary category of BBC Young Dancer, Matthew began to pursue choreography, touring his work to venues such as Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Lowry, The Place, LEAP Dance Festival, The Posh Club, Latitude Festival and SICK Festival. Matthew co-created award winning short film ‘all the clothes we left in the closet’ which has been screened internationally including: Queer Cinema Club (UK), Super International Film Festival (Romania) and Little Islands Festival (Greece).

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12/05/2020 - 31/07/2020
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