Candoco, the leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers is celebrating its 25th anniversary in London with two special performances at Sadlers Wells.
Beheld features music by German composer Nils Frahm reworked by fellow musician Machinefabriek. Set and Reset/Reset features music by Amercian avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson.
21 – 22 Oct
Beheld and Set and Reset/Reset
Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4TN
Sadler’s Wells New Wave Artist, Alexander Whitley creates visually striking dance pieces, which incorporate sinuous and expressive movement articulations. Beheld, his new work for Candoco Dance Company, features powerful duets and breath-taking ensemble dancing with huge swathes of fabric and is set to a mesmerising score by German composer Nils Frahm, reworked by Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt). Performed by Candoco’s company dancers for the first time in October 2015, it’s a resonant and emotive piece that should not be missed.
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Set and Reset/Reset
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.
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Promotional trailer - Beheld and Set and Reset/Reset
Beheld - Inside the rehearsal room
Founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker-Arnold OBE and Adam Benjamin, Candoco quickly grew into the first professional dance company of disabled and non-disabled artists in the UK.
Candoco’s current Artistic Co-Directors Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado were appointed as Celeste’s successors in 2007 having danced with the company for seven and nine years respectively. They have taken Candoco from the Bird’s Nest in Beijing to the Olympic Stadium in London, performing at the handover ceremonies in 2008 and returning, alongside Coldplay, at the Paralympic Closing in 2012 and have commissioned works for the company from leading choreographers Emanuel Gat, Rachid Ouramdane, Wendy Houstoun and Javier de Frutos.