Part performance and part installation, The Swings is an aerial dance duet and an open invitation for the public to swing high and free
about the production
The Swings is wonderful family event, it recaptures the joy and freedom of childhood and playgrounds and swinging into the air. Ideal for festivals, family days, and other community events. Two swings hang from a giant swing set, with aerial dance performances lasting approx 15 minutes repeated 4 times a day. After performances The Swings are open for the public to sit and swing on, triggering a sound installation as they swing.
about the artist
All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre is an Edinburgh-based performance company and charity working at the intersection of aerial, dance and theatre. Founded in 2006 by Jennifer Paterson, its mission is to blend breath-taking performance and participation in aerial and dance, developing skills and making them accessible to everyone. AoN’s work crosses art-forms, and the company has earned a reputation for excellence and generosity. presenting performances and delivering learning activities of consistently high quality.
width: 11 metres
height: 6 metres
depth: 11 metres
Works best outdoors. Flat area - can be grass, concrete, car parks, tarmac etc.
Requires source of power.
All ages. Works really well for families.
“For little ones, it’s unusual and fun – for grown-ups, it’s a time-machine that allows them to travel back to childhood… hats off to All or Nothing for bringing joy into our lives”
“The Swings by All or Nothing is a joint commission by Imaginate/Edinburgh International Children’s Festival and Merchant City Festival/Glasgow Life and is a performance we are very proud to be a part of. Jen and the team have created a show that is visually spectacular, accessible and artistically exciting, and that can work in so many different indoor and outdoor locations, it’s genius. We would highly recommend The Swings to any other venues, festivals and programmers.”
The set is accessible on 3 sides for wheelchairs and prams.
Two accessible swings are available, one adult sized, one smaller child sized. These are bucket seat swings with a harness.
There is an audio description available of the performance to listen to via a QR code link. Dependent on Covid restrictions, it may be made available via
silent disco headphones on the day.
A programme can be downloaded from our website via a QR code
with the notation of the text of the sound installation.
Fee for 2 days is £3,360 plus fuel/accommodation/PDs. No VAT.
We would be happy to discuss what could work best for you, however one-day events outside Scotland are not usually possible.
A company procedure plan specifically in regard to Covid-19 safety management is in place and our own risk assessments.
This paperwork is available on request