Playing Another

'Notturnino' choreographed by Thomas Hauert. Photo taken by Benedict Johnson.
‘Notturnino’ choreographed by Thomas Hauert. Photo taken by Benedict Johnson.

“A thrilling, yearning, visually beautiful work”
**** The Stage

Candoco presents Playing Another, an evening of two new full company works by award-winning choreographer Thomas Hauert and celebrated visual artist Hetain Patel.

Acclaimed visual artist Hetain Patel’s new work for Candoco, Let’s Talk About Dis, is a humorous and intimate piece that builds on an exploration of the dancers individual personalities and physicalities, interrogating questions of what identity is and how it is formed and challenging audiences to think beyond surface appearances. Hetain’s TED talk Who am I? Think again, a performative interrogation of identity, inspired by Bruce Lee and performed with Yuyu Rau, has been an internet sensation with over 1.2 million views.

Thomas Hauert’s new piece Notturnino 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. Using the soundtrack from the film, the piece is scored by fragments of conversation, reminiscences and great operatic works performed by the ageing singers. Through humour and melodrama Notturnino is a deeply nostalgic piece that explores the fragility of the human condition. Hauert has created a tightly structured improvisational score with Candoco’s dancers, resulting in a truly unique experience for each performance.

An entertaining and fun programme, that invites the audience to get up close and personal with the dancers, revealing the many facets of Candoco Dance Company.

Dancers: Tanja ErhartAdam GainAndrew GrahamMirjam GurtnerLaura PatayRick Rodgers and Toke Broni Strandby.

Playing Another Promo Video

Let’s Talk About Dis Promo Video

Notturnino Promo Video

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 artsdepot

Production Credits for Notturnino

Created in 2014
 Thomas Hauert
Lighting Design: Chahine Yavroyan
Costume Designer: Natasa Stamatari
Audio from Tosca’s Kiss (1984) by Daniel Schmid, T&C Film
This piece is co-commissioned by Live at LICA with additional support from Platform, Islington and Greenwich Dance
Thank you to Denis Laurent at ZOO; Kevin O’Hare at the Royal Opera House; Suzanne Lee, Naomi Blanche and CJ Dyson at Platform

This piece is co-commissioned by

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Playing Another has previously toured to

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth – 16 Oct 2014
Nottingham Lakeside Arts – 11 Nov 2014
Live at LICA, Lancaster – 27 Nov 2014
The Lowry, Salford Quays – 2 & 3 Dec 2014
Southbank Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London – 9 & 10 Dec 2014