In the piece Still audiences get the chance to experience a very theatrical style of contemporary dance.
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.
The DV8 founding member and dance maverick kidnaps dancers and audiences alike into a world of love and lust, addiction and obsession – using his unique blend of morbid irony, furious entertainment and black comedy.
Nigel says: “Still is a chaotic, wild, seriously funny piece about love and loss–a celebration of life and death written with bodies without limits.”
Choreographer: Nigel Charnock
Performed by Darren Anderson, Elinor Baker, Bettina Carpi, Annie Hanauer, Welly O’ Brien, Victoria Malin, Chris Owen
Lighting Design: Chris Copland
Costume Buyer: Shanti Freed
Music by kind permission: Underworld, The Doors, JS Bach, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Leonard Cohen, The Field, The Voices of Walter Schumann, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jane Siberry, Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Jewel Kilcher
Still promo video
Nigel is a founder member of DV8, formed his own company – Nigel Charnock + Company in 1995. A maverick and totally captivating performer, Nigel ruptures the boundaries of performance using different disciplines and media to redefine dance as a genre.
Nigel has a string of internationally acclaimed shows to his name and was Artistic Director of Helsinki Dance Company 2002-5. His is well known for his unique solo performances including Human Being, Hell Bent, Original Sin and Resurrection.
Since 2003 Nigel has been touring his solo work, Frank, a fiercely comic blend of improvised monologue, song and dance; very physical and very entertaining. In 2006 Nigel created Stupid Men for an ensemble of male performers and continued to perform ‘Fever’ – an improvisation based on Shakespeare’s love sonnets with composer and clarinetist Michael Riessler with whom Nigel is developing a new piece ‘Rage’.
In 2008 Nigel realised the meaninglessness of life and has begun work on a new solo show ‘Nothing’ which will premiere in 2009.