Acknowledgment of country

Polyglot acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live and create, and we pay our respects to Elders past and present. For more than 65,000 years, children and families have created and played here, and we are grateful to make our art on this country too.

June 12 - June 15 2024

Ants at Des Moines Performing Arts (USA)

Ants is an interactive performance which brings children together to explore the landscape around them.

An outdoors Ants production photo. A Polyglot artist in an intricate Ant costume crouches in front of a group of children, offering a giant breadcrumb. They are in a park with green grass on a bright sunny day. Photo: William Hall

Ants as big as humans work together intently, collecting and placing hundreds of giant bread crumbs, and children are irresistibly drawn closer to find out how they can join in. Gradually a world of meaning unfolds, with children’s movement making lines and patterns, transforming public space and disrupting the everyday. Children choose how they interact with the big insects, becoming Ant-like creatures themselves and taking part in their world. This is an enchanting and unusual experience that everyone can enjoy at their own pace.

Polyglot Theatre is working in partnership with Inlet Dance Theatre to deliver this season. 

Wednesday, June 12

Thursday, June 13

Friday, June 14

Saturday, June 15

General Access

Learn more about access at Des Moines Performing Arts here.


  • Children and families choose how they interact with the performers and the landscape. Some participants may prefer a gentle experience, others may be more energetic.
  •  Ants does not contain bright or flashing lights.
  • Ants contains amplified sound and music that is played through portable speakers.
  • A visual story for Ants is available to view/download here.

How to prepare

  • When you come to a Polyglot show we recommend you wear comfortable clothing that allows you to enjoy moving. Remember that you have come for an adventure and there are many ways to begin finding your play. You are curious and this space is yours. Just as you might at the beach, do you take your time and dip your toe in to warm up, or do you run and jump right in? The worlds we set up welcome you to take your time and find your own way to your imaginative play; and our performers are there to join you, or play alongside you, and look after these worlds and their inhabitants.
  • Strollers are welcome at Ants. Strollers can be parked alongside the performance space.
  • Water, infants’ bottles and breastfeeding/chestfeeding are welcome, but we do ask that there is no eating in the Ants performance space where possible.
  • You are welcome to BYO food and drinks for picnicking in the parks before or after Ants.

At Des Moines Performing Arts, we use the arts to hold up a mirror to the human experience. We strive to uplift diverse stories, people, and the communities they create. We want our guests, artists, and colleagues to feel safe bringing their full, authentic selves and individual perspectives to this exchange.

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