Well, Danny Boyle has certainly gone up in my estimation, as have Rowan Atkinson, the thousands of Olympic volunteers, Maypole dancers and the Queen’s corgies.
Bonkers it may have been, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Olympics Opening Ceremony last Friday night. I am a fan.
I am also a fan of a certain company called Candoco (see what I did there with the subtle bridge and alliteration?!). One of the things I like about Candoco is that it aims to encourage people’s understanding that dance is great and that it is for everyone.
At Candoco we aim to please, but know full well that we can’t please everyone all at the same time. Though we make no compromises on quality, our work is as diverse as the range of choreographers and dancers we collaborate with, the venues we perform in and the audiences we reach out to. In a couple of weeks we will again be working with our Brazilian and Chinese guest artists as they join our company dancers to polish off and perform the exciting Unlimited double bill of works by Marc Brew and Claire Cunningham, performed as part of the London 2012 festival at QEH on 6 September 2012. Shortly thereafter Candoco will be performing at Oxford Playhouse with a duet by Javier de Frutos, a theatrical piece by Wendy Houstoun and a mesmerizingly playful dance by Trisha Brown. A line-up not quite as bonkers as Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony perhaps, but Candoco’s work is based on a similar premise that, although you might not always like or get it all, there is definitely something there for everyone.
We hope everyone comes away from our performances with a keener appreciation of what dance can be and who can dance, along with a greater desire to experience more of it.