Candoco

Candoco Dance Company is the world's leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers that create experiences for audiences and participants that excite, change and broaden perceptions of art and ability, and place people and collaboration at the heart. Candoco commission productions created by world-class choreographers for national and international touring and deliver an extensive learning and development programme to provide broad access to the highest quality of dance.

Their programme includes workshops for schools and colleges following Candoco’s inclusion on the GCSE specification, youth dance companies, teacher training, dialogues and debates.

Candoco is a charitable organisation.

  • Image: Two for C by Candoco, choreographed by Javier de Frutos Photographer: Pedro Machado
  • Image: Studies for C Photographer: Hugo Glendenning
  • Image: Still Photographer: Hugo Glendinning

Productions

General Company Repertory - Including, 'Miniatures', 'Studies for C' and 'Two for C'

  • Duration:
  • People on road: Varies from 4 - 13 depending on programme
  • Freight: No freight necessary

Description:

All of our company performances can be booked separately, including Notturnino, Set and Reset/Reset and Hatein Patel's new company work.

Please contact Candoco if you are interested in booking any of the pieces of work individually or as part of a full programme.


Miniatures
 by Lea Anderson

Lea Anderson’s Miniatures is a futuristic nod to the Elizabethan era, playfully musing on what may have gone on outside the frame of traditional portraiture. It’s a charming and rigorous solo inspired by London’s V&A museum’s miniatures portrait collection, full of references to poses, dress and demeanour of the period. The resulting piece cleverly uses the modern day ‘frame’ of a TV screen, to lure audiences into a locked gaze with Candoco dancer Annie Hanauer, evoking questions around power and reality.

Studies for C by Javier de Frutos

Taking inspiration from Tennessee Williams’ play Camino Real and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for GodotStudies for C depicts a couple trapped in a stagnating relationship, unable to escape the domestic world they inhabit because their reliance on each other has become so strong. Mexican wrestling masks and ranchera music by Lila Downs underpin the emotional powerplay of the dance. The costumes, designed by de Frutos, feature the writings of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who famously said "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees."

Two for C by Javier de Frutos

Two for C is award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos’s (Cabaret and The Most Incredible Thing) newest work for Candoco. Like de Frutos’s 2012 duet Studies for C, Two for C was also inspired by Tennessee Williams’ play Camino Real and explores a world in which a couple is trapped in a longstanding relationship, characterised by struggle and power play. Set to traditional Mexican Ranchera music, the performances take place in an intimate domestic world in which the use of Mexican wrestling masks suggests the deeper, darker forces at work.

Playing Another - 'Notturnino' and New Company Work - Available Autumn 2014

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 13
  • Freight: No freight necessary

Description:

Notturnino by Thomas Hauert

Brussels-based Swiss choregrapher Thomas Hauert's new piece Notturnino is a playful and poignant full company work that takes inspiration from the documentary Tosca's Kiss, a touching film that follows the lives of retired opera singers living in a nursing home in Milan. Hauert has created a tightly structured improvisational score with Candoco's dancers, resulting in a truly unique experience for each performance.

New Company Work by Hetain Patel (Available from Autumn 2014)

Hetain Patel will create a new full company work for Candoco, premiering in October 2014. Hetain is a visual artist working across disciplines. In his first company commission, Hetain will work with Candoco’s dancers to create an intimate piece that builds on an exploration of their individual personalities and physicalities. Hetain’s work is conceptually driven and interrogates questions of what identity is and how it is formed, challenging audiences to think beyond surface appearances.

Double Bill 1 - 'Set and Reset/Reset' and 'Notturnino'

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 13
  • Freight: No freight necessary

Description:

Set and Reset/Reset a restaging project with Trisha Brown Company

Trisha Brown Dance Company premiered Set and Reset in 1983 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. It is the company’s signature work and confirmed Trisha Brown as a leader of abstract choreography. For the creation of Set and Reset/Reset, Candoco Dance Company is an integral part of both the creative process and the end result. Former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Abigail Yager taught the Candoco Dance Company dancers exact sequences from the original choreography and later guided them in an extensive improvisation process whereby they used the same set of instructions that Brown gave to her Company in 1983: keep it simple, act on instinct, stay on the edge, work with visibility and invisibility, and get in line.

Notturnino by Thomas Hauert

Brussels-based Swiss choregrapher Thomas Hauert's new piece Notturnino is a playful and poignant full company work that takes inspiration from the documentary Tosca's Kiss, a touching film that follows the lives of retired opera singers living in a nursing home in Milan. Hauert has created a tightly structured improvisational score with Candoco's dancers, resulting in a truly unique experience for each performance.

 

Wraparound work

Candoco Dance Company has over 20 years experience in developing and delivering workshops and training programmes. We offer: 

- Workshops including schools and GCSE workshops

- 2-3 day Teacher Training Intensives

- Curated International Artist Lab (5 days)

- Dialogues

- Pre and Post show talks 

- Residencies and curtain raisers

www.candoco.co.uk/learning

Press Comments & Testimonials

"We can simply watch and marvel"

The Guardian

"Elegant, exciting and very playful"

The Stage

"An absolute joy"

Dancing Times

"Delicious and very funny"

Observer

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Details

Artistic Director(s)

Pedro Machado & Stine Nilsen

Contact details

Nadja Dias
Producer

Candoco Dance Company
2T Leroy House
436 Essex Road
London N1 3QP
UK

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