Presented By James Wilton Dance


Part of Dancing City

Duration: 25 minutes

Type: Circus, Dance, Theatre


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This exhilarating performance conjures up the vision and charisma of Ahab, a ship’s captain, hell-bent on revenge against Moby Dick, a creature as vast and dangerous as the sea itself. Combining athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, this contemporary retelling of Herman Melville’s classic novel (the second production inspired by this famous story at this year’s Festival) is presented against the dramatic backdrop of the Thames.

LEVIATHAN will be performed as part of Dancing City, London’s favourite outdoor dance event that showcases a dazzling array of performances from the UK and beyond in the parks, piazzas and public spaces of Canary Wharf.

Watch the trailer

“Handsomely crafted, ambitious and exciting”

The Times on LEVIATHAN


There is step-free access across Canary Wharf.

Viewing area

This will be marked with a flag or sign with limited seating – please ask a GDIF Volunteer if you’re not sure where to go.


A captioned and BSL-interpreted video about Dancing City will be available to watch on the website. Coming soon.


Large-print, easy read and audio versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day (apart from the audio guide, which will only be available online).

Blue badge parking and accessible toilets

Visit the Canary Wharf website for details of Blue Badge parking spaces and accessible toilets.

Photo route

Our photo route details the most accessible route between the nearest public transportation and performance locations. Download our photo route.

What to expect

Our what to expect guide might help you pick which shows to see, especially if members of your group have access needs.

  • Speech free
  • Kick back and relax

Where to find it

LEVIATHAN will be performed in Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf, London, E14 8RS.

About the show

James Wilton Dance were founded in 2010 and quickly amassed choreographic awards and critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Their most recent works LEVIATHAN and Last Man Standing have accumulated over 170 performances, wowing audiences all over the world. Wilton choreographed the opening ceremony of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

LEVIATHAN is commissioned by: The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture and Ocean City Festival, Swindon Dance, The Place, Blackpool Grand, Barnsley Civic, The Gulbenkian and BBC Performing Arts Fund, with support from Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts.

Performers: James Wilton, Sarah Jane Taylor, Sean Monroe, Jacob Lang, Norikazu Aoki, Beno Novak.

Supported by

Dancing City is supported by Canary Wharf Arts+Events and Without Walls.

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