Candoco presents CounterActs, combining mischievous questions and virtuosic performance, we bring you an evening of commissions from two of the most exciting artistic talents working in the UK today.

Alexander Whitley has swiftly become known for his strikingly physical and virtuosic choreography. In Beheld, his new commission for Candoco set to music by composer Nils Frahm, seven dancers explore the possibilities and constraints of the space around them, forming and reforming to consider how we look and what we see.

Beheld by Alexander Whitley, Photographer: Hugo Glendinning 2015
Beheld by Alexander Whitley, Photographer: Hugo Glendinning 2015

Visual artist Hetain Patel’s Let’s Talk About Dis is a playful and intimate piece that builds on an exploration of the dancers’ personalities and bodies, interrogating questions of what identity is and how it is formed. With seductive charm, Hetain challenges audiences to think beyond surface appearances, exposing hidden prejudices and absurd political correctness.

Let's Talk About Dis by Hetain Patel
Let’s Talk About Dis by Hetain Patel. Photographer: Hugo Glendinning 2014

An eclectic and engaging programme, CounterActs invites the audience to get up close and personal with the dancers and discover the many facets of Candoco Dance Company.

Dancers: Tanja Erhart, Adam Gain, Andrew Graham, Laura PatayToke Broni Strandby, Joel Brown and Megan Armishaw.

Running time: approximately 80 minutes with interval

Suitable for all ages, however does explore some adult themes. Contact for more information

Watch the trailer

A short introduction to Let’s Talk About Dis

The use of BSL in Let’s Talk About Dis

Let’s Talk About Dis explores issues of identity through language and movement, using English, French and British Sign Language. Rather than translating English into French or BSL, all three languages are used in different parts of the piece. Unless an audience member speaks all three languages, they are unlikely to understand exactly everything that is said. Each audience member will have a different experience as different parts become lost in translation. In this way language is used as a creative technique to underpin the themes of understanding and misunderstanding, representation and misrepresentation.

As the piece is not fully translated into BSL, we have prepared a script of all the text spoken. This is to assist and guide deaf patrons and those with a hearing impairment if desired.

This script is available from Candoco by emailing or by contacting the box office at the venue. A hard copy of the script is also available at the box office or via Candoco.


Production credits for Beheld

Concept, Choreography & Direction: 
Alexander Whitley
Lighting Design: Jackie Shemesh
Set and Costume Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Costume Realisation: Sasha Keir
Set Realisation: Jessica Dixon and Amanda Barrow
Lighting Design: Jackie Shemesh
Music: Nils Frahm, reworked by Rutger Zuydervelt

This piece is co-commissioned by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and supported by The Idlewild Trust.



Production credits for Let’s Talk About Dis

Concept, Choreography & Direction: Hetain Patel
Writing: Hetain Patel with the Company
Dramaturgy: Eva Martinez
Associate Choreographer: Lorena Randi
Choir Consultant: Dom Stichbury
Lighting Design: Jackie Shemesh
Costume Design: Valentina Golfieri
BSL Interpretation: fingersmiths: Jean St Clair and Jeni Draper

This piece is funded by

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London Community Foundation

This piece is co-commissioned by


Candoco Dance Company and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are working in partnership to achieve improved progression routes and greater access for disabled people into the dance profession, and to advocate for the importance of inclusive practice in enhancing creative endeavour.