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.

  • Photography by Hugo Glendinning, 2017

    Candoco Dance Company, Face In by Yasmeen Godder

  • Photography by Camilla Greenwell, 2018

    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

  • 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

Contact details

Chris Ricketts
Touring and Programming Producer

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

Artistic Director(s)

Charlotte Darbyshire and Ben Wright

Online

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

 

A collection of some of our most renowned and exciting work over the last 25 years.
Pieces and choreographers: Beheld, Alexander Whitley; And who shall go to the ball?, Rafael Bonachela; Let's Talk About This, Hetain Patel; Set & Reset/Reset, a restaging project by Trisha Brown Dance Company with Candoco Dance Company; Imperfect Storm, Wendy Houstoun; In Translation, Emanuel Gat; Miniatures, Lea Anderson; The Human Suite, Stephen Petronio; Notturnino, Thomas Hauert; Still, Nigel Charnock; Studies for C, Javier de Frutos; This is it, Matthias Sperling; The Perfect Human, Hofesh Shechter;
Dancers: Tanja Erhart, Adam Gain, Megan Armishaw, Laura Patay, Joel Brown, Andrew Graham, Toke Broni Strandby, Nadia Adame, Natalie Ayton, Marc Brew, Zoe Brown, Bettina Carpi. Jorge Crecis, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Mirjam Gurtner, Annie Hanauer, Dan Daw, Christopher Owen, Darren Anderson, Victoria Malin, Chisato Minamimura, David Lock, Elinor Baker, Susanna Recchia, Rick Rodgers, Kostas Papamatthaiakis
Music by Nils Frahm, reworked by Rutger Zuydervelt
Film edited by Justin Jones

A collection of some of our most renowned and exciting work over the last 25 years.

Pieces and choreographers: Beheld, Alexander Whitley; And who shall go to the ball?, Rafael Bonachela; Let's Talk About This, Hetain Patel; Set & Reset/Reset, a restaging project by Trisha Brown Dance Company with Candoco Dance Company; Imperfect Storm, Wendy Houstoun; In Translation, Emanuel Gat; Miniatures, Lea Anderson; The Human Suite, Stephen Petronio; Notturnino, Thomas Hauert; Still, Nigel Charnock; Studies for C, Javier de Frutos; This is it, Matthias Sperling; The Perfect Human, Hofesh Shechter;

Dancers: Tanja Erhart, Adam Gain, Megan Armishaw, Laura Patay, Joel Brown, Andrew Graham, Toke Broni Strandby, Nadia Adame, Natalie Ayton, Marc Brew, Zoe Brown, Bettina Carpi. Jorge Crecis, Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Mirjam Gurtner, Annie Hanauer, Dan Daw, Christopher Owen, Darren Anderson, Victoria Malin, Chisato Minamimura, David Lock, Elinor Baker, Susanna Recchia, Rick Rodgers, Kostas Papamatthaiakis

Music by Nils Frahm, reworked by Rutger Zuydervelt.

Film edited by Justin Jones.

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

Successes and results from Unlimited Access, co-funded by the EU Culture programme Read more

Productions

CounterActs

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

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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

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With over 25 years of experience creating acclaimed and cutting-edge work, Candoco presents a brand new double bill of dramatic and powerful choreography.

Yasmeen Godder’s new work for Candoco, Face In, is a sensual and disturbing ode to intimacy and imagination, expressed through striking images and daring uninhibited dance. Set to an urban indie score, Candoco invites you to bask in this wild fictional world that feels uncomfortably familiar yet strangely distorted. A world that Candoco’s dancers inhabit with ease: performing with pleasure, revealing the extreme of themselves and flirting with both the banal and the ridiculous.

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 Patel challenges audiences to think beyond surface appearances, exposing hidden prejudices and absurd political correctness.

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

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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 and Laura Patay.

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

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