Cathy Waller Company: Double Bill
© Photo by: Photo © Rachel Cherry
A photograph from Double Bill by Cathy Waller Company depicting two people in the foreground lying almost horizontal with their eyes closed. A drum kit is in the background, and is blurred. The background to the picture is very dark and atmospheric.
Louder than Words at Brighton Festival 2015
© Photo by: Image © Victor Frankowski
A photograph from Louder that Words at Brighton Festival 2015 depicting a woman and a man dancing in the open air in front of a small crowd. There is a man playing a drum kit in the background. Both dancers are photographed with their backs to the camera, and have their left legs kicked high in the air.
Cathy Waller Company produce explosive and vibrant contemporary dance work that incorporates live music and original composition. The unique choreographic vocabulary of the Company is the outcome of a pure focus and collaboration between movement, sound and rhythm. This disabled led Company was founded in 2012 by award winning Choreographer, Cathy Waller. Alongside national touring and performance work, the Company runs extensive educational programs, as well advocating for disability in the Arts.
Description: An invigorating double bill programme of soulful, pulsating contemporary dance, teamed with eclectic live music.
Extra information: Opening work ‘Tempo’ is the developed original work by Cathy Waller Company. Expanding it’s deep rhythmic percussion sound and pushing the dancers to their physical limits, this piece divulges into Cathy Waller’s distinct choreographic style; the bond between sound and visual movement. With resounding acclaim from critics, dance organisations and supporters, the full length ‘Tempo’ is eagerly awaited.
Closing work ‘Three’, a dance duet with risk. The live percussion is composed and created live in front of both dancers and audience. With the use of microphones, electronics and an assortment of instruments, the sound is looped, layered, tuned and distorted, making one man into an orchestra. ‘Three’ gives us the live impact of creation. The dancers adhere and follow the creation, completely at the mercy of composition.
People on road: 8
Description: In this explosive and dynamic outdoor work, two dancers compete, test and outdo each other while being challenged by multiple instruments and percussion played live alongside them. As the powerful, beat-heavy sound intensifies, the performers are drawn into competition between movement and music, striving to outshine each other.
Extra information: Outdoor work
People on road: 5
“Cathy Waller has established herself as one of the most exciting choreographers to watch out for.”
Hakeem Onibudo, British Council Ambassador
“Cathy Waller won the London Dance Award 2012 recently, as well as the Blueprint Bursary, and her work, Tempo, for four women is absorbing in its physical control and unison, accompanied by the brilliantly-played original percussion score by Christopher Preece. (The dancers) crouched, stretched and were impeccably together like synchronized swimmers, their pony tails swishing as their toned bodies performed the intricacies of the floor patternings.”
Margaret Willis, Dance Tabs
“Cathy creates work that is fast paced, accessible and collaborative and that really explores the relationship between music and dance.”
Polly Risbridger, Artictic Director of East London Dance
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