I first attended a Candoco Summer Residency in 2001 which gave me a tantalizing taste of things to come as I was then invited to join Candoco in 2003 where I had the unique opportunity to dance, teach and travel the world performing with the company.
In 2010, I finished my post as Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre where I co-directed NQR with then-Artistic Director Janet Smith and SDT’s Dance Agent for Change Caroline Bowditch. I then began working with my own company on choreographing a new work Fusional Fragments which was produced in partnership with Dance East and is a collaboration with a cast of 5 dancers and original score by Philip Sheppard and acclaimed composer and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. The work explores the concept of fusion of life fragments between classical ballet and contemporary dance.
I was also given the wonderful opportunity of returning home to work with Candoco as a choreographer to create a new work Parallel Lines. The work brings together a cast of 12 dancers which is made up of the core company of 7 dancers and 5 guest dancers from Brazil, China and the UK. Parallel Lines explores the China-UK-Brazil link of past present and future Olympic hosting countries; a connection between different cultures, drawing lines between these places that can define, isolate and tie us together. The concept is based around the design of the work to create a performance space of lines that have no end and are for ever evolving. Both works are part of Unlimited, a series of commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
As Celeste always told us ‘once a Candocan always a Candocan’. Since leaving the company in 2008, I have still felt very much a part of the company and have kept up to date with what the company is doing, as well as attending performances and learning and development opportunities when I can. Candoco will always have a special place in my heart and for like so many of its dancers it offered me the opportunity to fulfill my career ambition to dance, teach and travel the world sharing my passion for dance while also having a positive impact on our audiences and challenging preconceptions of contemporary dance and who can dance.
I very much care for the well being and future developments of the company and will continue in all my endeavors to support Candoco – my home away from home.
For more information on the work Marc is doing now, visit marcbrew.com