Made by our community, delivered by NOCTURN

ILLUME is an inclusive contemporary performance group, for adults, who seek opportunities to perform.


We believe in the transformative power and impact of dance. Age is a positive attribute: we draw on our collective life experience to enhance our work.

Under the artistic guidance of John Darvell, our self-governing group strive, push and challenge each other to create and perform work of excellence. 

Formed in 2010, we have gained a reputation across the South East for delivering high quality dance performances, influenced by the work of NOCTURN but with our own style, while still celebrating our diverse nature.


We create

Known for producing work with impact, we achieve this by working together to unlock our hidden artistic depths.

As a member of ILLUME you will draw upon your rich life experience to create challenging dance.

Our creative talents are channelled, challenged and nurtured under the expertise of John as choreographer.

We are inclusive

We open our doors to all who embrace the opportunity to create, test themselves and have a desire to perform, no matter what previous dance experience or age.

Inspiring, energising and supporting each other are key to how we work together.

We love to perform

Yes we all have daytime jobs, most of which aren’t in the Arts.

ILLUME gives us the chance to seek out a wonderful array of varied performance opportunities. Past performances include Party in the Park, Woking; Lift Off, South Hill Park to name a few.

I get something out of ILLUME that I don’t get anywhere else in my life.
— ILLUME dancer

ILLUME members commit to:

  • full participation (heart and mind) in the choreographic process

  • attending all rehearsals, technical runs and performances

  • a ‘have-a-go’ attitude

  • a desire to perform

  • supporting each other

  • advocating the work of ILLUME and NOCTURN

We promise to be a:

  • supportive environment

  • friendly and fun classes and workshops

  • place for lots of laughter

  • refreshing and different experience

Up coming performances

  • Saturday 28 April 'Lift Off' | South Hill Park, Bracknell


Come join us

The groups meet up once a week, term time, at either South Hill Park, Bracknell on Thursday evenings from 8.30 – 9.30pm. Open to anyone aged 18+. 

Or at the Learning Centre, Corn Exchange, Newbury on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm. 

or email us at for more information.