Teacher’s Resources

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To support your exploration of Candoco’s repertory, we have compiled Teachers Notes alongside the choreographer, dancers and creative team of each work. These resources aim to support your visit to a Candoco show, providing context, practical tasks used during the creative process and further research suggestions.

Let’s Talk About Dis

In his first commission for a dance company, visual artist Hetain Patel has created a humorous and intimate piece for Candoco Dance Company that builds on an exploration of the dancers personalities and distinctive physicalities. The work is a playful interrogation of identity that probes the audience to think beyond surface appearances.

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Notturnino

Notturnino by Thomas Hauert is a playful and poignant full company work that takes inspiration from the documentary Tosca’s Kiss, a touching film that follows the lives of retired opera singers living in a nursing home in Milan. Hauert has created a tightly structured improvisational score with Candoco’s dancers, resulting in a truly unique experience for each performance.

Choreographed in 2014

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Two for C

Similarly to Javier de Frutos’s previous duet Studies for C, Two for C was also inspired by Tennessee Williams’ play Camino Real and explores a world in which a couple is trapped in a longstanding relationship, characterised by struggle and power play. Set to traditional Mexican Ranchera music, the performances take place in an intimate domestic world in which the use of Mexican wrestling masks suggests the deeper, darker forces at work.

Choreographed in 2013

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Studies for C

Taking inspiration from from Tennessee Williams’ play Camino Real and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Javier de Frutos’ Studies for C depicts a couple trapped in a stagnating relationship, unable to escape the domestic world they inhabit because their reliance on each other has become so strong. Mexican wrestling masks and ranchera music by Lila Downs underpin the emotional powerplay of the dance

Choreographed in 2012

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This Is It

This Is It by Matthias Sperling is an humorous solo with Candoco dancer Vicky Malin.

Choreographed in 2011

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Looking Back

Algerian/French Choreographer Rachid Ouramdane combines strong visuals and striking costumes with unforgettable soundscapes to create an atmospheric multidisciplinary piece of art. Looking Back draws on their pasts and special talents, revealing a portrait of each dancer in a poetic, languid and ultimately compassionate work. Ouramdane mixes in live video images and creates the sound score live on stage, allowing the work to develop slowly before the audience’s eyes.

Choreographed in 2011

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Set and Reset/Reset

Set and Reset/Reset is a restating project by Trisha Brown Dance Company with Candoco Dance Company. 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.

Re-staging choreographed in 2011

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In Translation

Award-winning choreographer Emanuael Gat delights with his attention to detail to create a beautiful, fluid septet. Performed to a piano score by Johann Sebastian Bach, this intricate piece is built as a single sequence of movement that evolves and unfolds in duets, trios or solos.

Choreographed in 2010

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Imperfect Storm

Renowned theatre and dance artist Wendy Houstoun combines movement with text and meaning with humour. In a performance loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest expect elaborate costumes and theatrical movements giving it a truly unique style.

Choreographed in 2010

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Still

Still is anything but. Nigel Charnock’s patchwork of ideas takes the dancers in a constant whirl guided by his eclectic choice of music. There are microphones and music boxes, knickers and bondage, love and death.

Choreographed in 2008

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Perfect Human

Choreographer Hofesh Shechter uses the title, The Perfect Human in an ironic and thought-provoking manner, questioning the man-made concept of perfection. Juxtaposing edgy, obsessive movements with the questions ‘How does the perfect human move?’, ‘Why does he move like that?’ , the feeling is one of uncomfortable but compulsive interest in finding out what will happen next.

Choreographed in 2008

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The Stepfather

Inspired by country and death songs, Arthur Pita tells a macabre yet humorous tale of a sticky family situation. In this twisted yarn the Candoco dancers are transformed into skittish characters who writhe their way through brazen dances and intimate interludes. With a ukulele, and a noose they unravel this murderous “dansical”.

Choreographed in 2007

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