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Candoco at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

By Annie Hanauer (Dancer)

So hot on the heels of Chris’s very eloquent and thoughtful blog, here’s my moment of panic and excitement:

We’re performing on the Southbank! Tomorrow! And Tuesday!

After our long summer hiatus and coming creaking back into autumn tour, we’re diving headlong into our big London debut at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Yes, I’m nervous, especially since an old neck injury (or a new one piled on top of the old?) has chosen an excellent time to flare up once again, making it difficult to turn my head, much less dance in a very physical program. So it looks like another performance doped up on painkillers for me…

But maladies aside, I think we’re all really looking forward to performing in London, which we so rarely get to do. I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces in the audience, and getting some good questions at the post-show talk.

This week we had rehearsals with Wendy and Sarah, which was very helpful; it’s always good to go back to the source and refresh our performance, and make a few last-minute changes to tighten things up. A little confidence boost never hurts!

Well, I’m going to keep it short and sweet as I have to go pack my things up to take to the theatre for rehearsal later tonight! Wish us luck as we come dancing into London, muscles straining and nostrils flaring…

And as QEH is such a big place, I’m sure there are still tickets available, so come along, and bring a friend or six!

See you there…

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 10 October 2010

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 19 October 2010

Hungary Hungry for Candoco

By Chris Owen (Dancer)

Hungary was Candoco’s first European tour date of 2010 and I was one of the lucky ones to spend a week there prior to our performance.

Kimberly (associate artist for Candoco) and I were based in Pecs, a historic provincial city in South Hungary. Pecs was awarded Capital of Culture 2010 and with such a prestigious title comes somewhat of a face-lift. An influx of art dominates the city, new bars and restaurants decorate the streets and transport has moved away for new pedestrian zones filled with flamboyant water features. I would say a very successful nip/tuck job.

Away from the tourists Kimberly and I were tucked away in a studio working with a group to create a piece to be performed as part of a curtain raiser (alongside a duet performed by Kimberly and Zsuza, the organiser). The group clearly had experience in contact improvisation; something Kimberly and I were aware of before we arrived. This in mind, we were interested in giving them a taster of Emmanuel Gat’s process, in order to help develop skills in movement memory, spatial connections, awareness of each other in space and encouraging overall depth of inquiry into individual solos.

With the group being multi-national, there was a variety translations simultaneously exchanged all over the studio. Experiencing this, Kimberly and I became interested in the irony that paralleled within the reality of being lost ‘in translation’ and proceeded with this as a concept for structuring the piece; with perhaps the possibility of using some text to help enhance this. However due to time constraints and other outside influences, we were unable to explore this idea in time for the final work. So we focused on investing the time we had into the movement that had been generated through Emmanuel Gat’s process but still remaining close to the idea of communication.

The evening programme was very successful, despite the day leading up to the show feeling somewhat chaotic. I was pleased to see that all the performers in the group managed to successfully channel their nerves and apprehensions into their performance. To finish off the evening of dance, Candoco performed In Translation (Emmanuel Gat) and Imperfect Storm (Wendy Houston), the latter of which was surprisingly well received considering the volume of text that may or may not have been understood by our humble Hungarians.

Back home in the studio this week we have been busy rehearsing for our London dates next week. So don’t forget to book your tickets for either Monday 11th or Tuesday 12th October at Queen Elizabeth’s Hall. Or both!

Posted by Colin Hambrook, 9 October 2010

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 19 October 2010