Up & Over It

Into the Water

Internationally renowned folk-dance duo Up & Over It, present an immersive adventure for the whole family through dance, percussion and video. With music by British nouveau folk artists, this foot-stomping, hand-tapping show reinvents folk dance in a fresh and innovative way.

Drawing inspiration from northern European folklore and dance traditions, this modern retelling unfolds when two people, washed up on a magical wasteland, find their feet through made-up games and folk-filled fun. This playful hour transports audiences of all ages to a dreamlike world where anything is possible and friendship is everything.

They twist and turn, they play and fight, they drum and dance into the night. The storm has passed, they’re on their own, what happens next is still unknown.

Into the Water is based on the story of Lyf and Lífþrasir, the only survivors of Ragnarök, the nordic mythological apocalypse. Centred around a magical tree-like structure (Yggdrasil, Tree of Life) the story follows them as they emerge from the roots of tradition, creating their own rituals and games with the strange yet familiar objects and clues they discover.

For adults and children age 4+

Commissioned and produced by Chapter’s creative producer programme Coreo Cymru in partnership with Theatr Iolo and supported by the Arts Council of Wales lottery fund.

Tour dates include: 

  • Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech (preview)
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • The Riverfront, Newport
  • Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
  • British Dance Edition, Cardiff
  • Brighton Spiegeltent
  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe @ The Space, Surgeon’s Hall (2016)


Up & Over It is a collaboration between Riverdance alumni Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding, and video artist Jonny Reed. Focused on reinventing folk dance for a wider audience, they combine meticulous and innovative choreography, percussion and mixed technology to create thought-provoking and entertaining work to be enjoyed by all.

Working across many platforms including theatre, cabaret, circus, outdoor and online, the company have toured the world with their unique twist on traditional dance styles and enjoy exploring original ways to introduce new audiences to dance, folk and performance.

Irish born Suzanne Cleary and Welsh born Peter Harding first met on the competitive Irish dance circuit accumulating, World, North American, All Scotland and Great British, Irish dance championship titles. They later joined Riverdance (principal understudies, US Tour, Broadway), going on to perform in numerous Irish dance shows before premiering as Up & Over It at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009. Since then they have presented work at dance festivals and theatres around the world and have enjoyed great success with their online dance videos amassing over 11 million views on YouTube. They are a regular fixture on the cabaret and circus scene with shows such as the award-winning La Soiree (Roundhouse, London, Sydney Festival and Montreal Completement Cirque) and Spiegelworld’s Rose.Rabbit.Lie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Las Vegas.

“A stylish twist on traditional folk dance” The Independent

“exhilaratingly original” The New Statesman

“Cleary and Harding’s blend of video, dance and humour has much to offer…Superb” The Scotsman