Candoco Dance Company

Candoco produces excellent and profound contemporary dance for audiences and participants that excites, challenges and broadens perceptions of art and ability. At the heart of Candoco's work are national and international productions, created by world class choreographers for audiences to enjoy. Alongside these, through learning and development projects and activities, Candoco provide access to the highest quality of work for people participating in contemporary dance for pure enjoyment, or as part of a developing career.

  • Photo by Benedict Johnson

    Notturnino

  • Photo by Hugo Glendinning

    Notturnino

  • Photo by Hugo Glendenning

    Studies for C

  • Photography by Amanda Thomas. Image © Candoco Dance Company

    ‘Let’s Talk About Dis’ by Hetain Patel

  • Photography by Huge Glendinning. Image © Candoco Dance Company 2016

    Beheld by Alexander Whitley

  • Photography by Huge Glendinning. Image © Candoco Dance Company 2016

    Beheld by Alexander Whitley

Contact details

Marianne Mogendorff
Producer

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

Artistic Director(s)

Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado

Online

Email: info@candoco.co.uk
Web: http://www.candoco.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/candoco

Notturnino by Thomas Hauert

Related Projects

Unlimited Access

A dance project designed to support best practice in the commissioning, creation, dissemination and programming of performing arts by disabled artists. Read more

Unlimited Access Evaluation Report

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Productions

CounterActs

Duration: 80 mins including a 20 minute interval
Number of people on road: 15
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

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Description

CounterActs: An eclectic double bill combining mischievous questions and virtuosic performance.

In this new double bill, Candoco presents commissions from two of the most exciting artistic talents working in the UK today.

Visual artist Hetain Patel’s Let’s Talk About Dis is a playful and intimate piece that builds on an exploration of the dancers’ personalities and bodies, interrogating questions of what identity is and how it is formed. With seductive charm, Hetain challenges audiences to think beyond surface appearances, exposing hidden prejudices and absurd political correctness.

 Alexander Whitley creates visually striking dance pieces, which incorporate sinuous and expressive movement articulations. Set to a mesmerising score by composer Nils Frahm, this is a resonant and emotive piece performed with reckless flair.

CounterActs blends playful choreography with thought-provoking ideas. A stirring programme that shows contemporary dance in a new light, affirming Candoco’s position as the company that is pushing boundaries and challenging notions of dance 

Extra information

Suitable for main stages.

Double Bill

Duration: 80 mins including interval of 20 mins
Number of people on road: 14
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

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Description

Candoco’s double bill features the landmark contemporary dance piece, Set and Reset/Reset, created in collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Notturnino, a humorous and poetic full-company work inspired by retired opera singers by Thomas Hauert.

Originally choreographed on a cast of non-disabled dancers in 1983, Set and Reset/Reset is a landmark piece of contemporary dance. Performed to a contagious score by renowned multi-media artist Laurie Anderson, this groundbreaking piece is revived with a new set design and Candoco's unique perspective.

Thomas Hauert's 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. Using the soundtrack from the film, the piece is scored by fragments of conversation, reminiscences and great operatic works performed by the ageing singers. Through humour and melodrama Notturnino is a deeply nostalgic piece that explores the fragility of the human condition. Hauert has created a tightly structured improvisational score with Candoco's dancers, resulting in a truly unique experience for each performance. 

 

 

Extra information

Suitable for main stages.

Outdoor and non-theatre work

Duration: You and I Know (15 mins)
Number of people on road: 5
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

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Description

A brand new duet with leading pop choreographer Arlene Phillips.

From the ballroom to the Brit Awards, Arlene Phillips has been a trailblazer in choreographing for popular dance genres for over 40 years. Candoco Dance Company, the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, is delighted to have commissioned Phillips to collaborate with Candoco dancers, Joel Brown andLaura Patay, in a new romantic duet told through a series of vignettes set across time.

Danced with passion and sensitivity to a collection of pop songs, Joel and Laura offer audiences a potent and emotive exploration of how we fall in and out of love over and over again, often with the same person.

You and I Know  has been created for outdoor performances, and is suitable for a variety of spaces and contexts indoors and outdoors and will have minimal set and technical requirements.

Extra information

This piece is suitable for outdoor festivals and traditional theatre spaces.

Wrap-around work

 

Candoco Dance Company has 25 years experience in developing and delivering inclusive workshops and training programmes. From workshops for young people to teacher training, our wrap-around options offer a variety of opportunities for disabled and non-disabled participants to take part and learn from Candoco. Below are some key activity models which are regularly delivered nationally and internationally. However we aim for all activity to be bespoke to address the needs, interests or demand in the areas we travel to. If you have specific ideas or requests then please contact us to discuss. 
- Teacher Training 
Suitable for: Dance teachers working in all settings, dance artists, PE/ Sport teachers
- Workshops & Masterclasses
Suitable for: Schools, colleges, adult groups, youth groups, professional dancers, families and teachers.
- Intensives
Suitable for: Schools, colleges, adult groups, youth groups and professional dancers
- International Artist Lab
Suitable for: Dance artists, makers, choreographer, teachers
- Mentoring (e.g. teachers & choreographers)
- Presentations, panel discussions and post show talks

Candoco Dance Company has 25 years experience in developing and delivering inclusive workshops and training programmes. From workshops for young people to teacher training, our wrap-around options offer a variety of opportunities for disabled and non-disabled participants to take part and learn from Candoco. Below are some key activity models which are regularly delivered nationally and internationally. However we aim for all activity to be bespoke to address the needs, interests or demand in the areas we travel to. If you have specific ideas or requests then please contact us to discuss.

 

  • Teacher Training: Suitable for: Dance teachers working in all settings, dance artists, PE/ Sport teachers
  • Workshops & Masterclasses: Suitable for: Schools, colleges, adult groups, youth groups, professional dancers, families and teachers.
  • Intensives: Suitable for: Schools, colleges, adult groups, youth groups and professional dancers
  • International Artist Lab: Suitable for: Dance artists, makers, choreographer, teachers
  • Mentoring (e.g. teachers & choreographers)
  • Presentations, panel discussions and post show talks

 

Press Comments & Testimonials

'Typically uncompromising … a wild ride.'

The Observer

 

'Brilliant and bracing … gripping to watch.'

The Guardian

 

'Daringly athletic'

Sunday Times

 

'Rich in concept and a treat for the eyes and ears.'

DanceTabs

 

'Still riveted by @candocodance @TrinityLaban last Saturday: leaving us in no doubt of the thrilling capacities of every human body.'

Hannah Dawson @DrHannahDawson