Maiden Voyage Dance present MORF

We are excited to invite 3 to 6 year-olds and their grown-ups to join us on a ‘suit safari’ in our new show MORF, which will premiere at The MAC as part of Belfast Children’s Festival on 5 – 6 March 

Exploring the magical in the everyday, MORF sees two dancers use ordinary suit jackets to create familiar animals – including a jellyfish, an elephant, a bird, and a worm – as young audiences travel with them to a ‘fabric fantasy’ world of clouds, mountains, volcanos and castles. Nothing stays the same for long as what is there in one second is gone and transformed into something new the next.

Nicola Curry, Artistic Director of Maiden Voyage Dance said:  

“A key part of encouraging creativity in young children is to share how to make something magical out of nothing. MORF is a playful new dance show which embraces change with gentle, ever-shifting movement and rhythm, celebrating the joy of play, transformation and imagination.” 

MORF marks Maiden Voyage Dance’s welcome return to Belfast Children’s Festival after the company’s sell-out run with Turnabout at last year’s event. 

 This year’s show has been created by choreographer David Ogle with performers Adam Ashford and Maeve McGreevy, lighting designer Ciaran Bagnall, costume and set designer Diana Ennis and composer Brian Irvine. ‘MORF’ is commissioned and produced by Maiden Voyage Dance 

Looking forward to MORF, Caoileann Curry-Thompson, Acting Head of Drama and Dance, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: 

“The Arts Council is very excited to welcome this new work from Maiden Voyage, who lead the field in innovative contemporary dance experiences for the whole family here in Northern Ireland. The inherent joyousness and playfulness of MORF will be particularly impactful as we return to sharing live dance together. I can think of nothing better than being whisked off on a journey of imagination and movement by this fantastic team of creatives, and to be given permission once again to dream and wonder and dare to look at things differently. I’d encourage people to get out and experience the exhilarating, transformative joy of live dance for themselves with MORF.” 

Duration: 30-35 mins 

Live performances The MAC, Belfast 5-6 March, 2.30pm and 4.30pm  

Audio described performances 6 March 230pm & 430pm 

Relaxed performances   6 March 430pm 

School performances   The MAC, Belfast 4,8,9 March 

Streamed performances   Online QFT Player 12-13 March 

For further information and to book tickets (£10 each) for MORF, visit 

Maiden Voyage Dance is principally funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and funded by Belfast City Council. MORF is supported by Ulster Presents at Ulster University.