The Show Must Go On

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    The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
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    The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015
  • The Show Must Go On at Sadler's Wells, photography by Pedro Machado 2015

“sly, witty, joyous fun”
New York Times

Candoco Dance Company presents Jérôme Bel’s award winning The Show Must Go On, bringing together a UK-wide cast of 20 performers, 19 pop songs and one DJ. The Show Must Go On was created in 2001 and is one of the iconic works in the career of French choreographer Jérôme Bel. The show examines the relationship between art and life, constantly surprising and challenging the viewer’s expectations. Controlled by a DJ and audio feed, the performers follow lyrics of the songs, ranging from musicals to well-loved pop songs.

Candoco Dance Company presents Jérôme Bel’s award winning The Show Must Go On, bringing together a UK-wide cast of 20 performers, 19 pop songs and one DJ.

The Show Must Go On was created in 2001 and is one of the iconic works in the career of French choreographer Jérôme Bel. The show examines the relationship between art and life, constantly surprising and challenging the viewer’s expectations. Controlled by a DJ and audio feed, the performers follow lyrics of the songs, ranging from musicals to well-loved pop songs.

Bel is famous for his minimalist productions that strip the stage bare and create a more honest connection between the audience and the performers. Described by the Guardian as “a mischievously entertaining conceptualist who is less interested in movement than in messing with your head”, Jérôme Bel is famous for challenging expectations and enjoying a reputation as “one of the most charismatic and galvanizing choreographers working today” (New York Times).

“The choreography crackles with an energy that makes you realise just how versatile, how unstinting, the dancers are. Wow!” The Herald

For an in depth insight into the vision, cast and making of The Show Must Go On, why not take a look at our short documentary?

Running Time: 90 minutes/ no interval

UK Tour Dates 2015

20 – 21 March Sadler’s Wells
17 – 18 April Nottingham Playhouse
22 – 23 May Tramway, Glasgow

Production Credits

Conception and direction: Jérôme Bel

Re-staging Assistants: Dina ed Dik & Henrique Neves

Music: Leonard Bernstein, David Bowie, Nick Cave, Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox, J. Horner, W.Jennings, Mark Knopfler, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Louiguy, Galt MacDermott, Erick “More” Morillo and M. Quashie, Edith Piaf, The Police and Hugh Padgham, Queen, Lionel Richie, A.Romero Monge and R. Ruiz, Paul Simon

Original Creation: Paris, January 4, 2001, City Theatre

 Co-commissioned by

Sadler's Wells Logo Tramway Logo  Dance4 Logo

with additional support from Greenwich Dance and Siobhan Davies Dance

Candoco Dance Company would like to thank John Blake, Karen Brown, Henry and Sandra Dawson, Elizabeth Haines, Kate and Richard Haines, Elsa-Marthe and Lennart Ripa, and Paul Smith at Online Lighting for their generous support for The Show Must Go On.

Jérôme Bel

Jérôme Bel lives in Paris and works worldwide. nom donné par l’auteur (1994) is a choreography of objects. Jérôme Bel (1995) is based on the total nudity of the performers. Shirtology (1997) presents an actor wearing many T-shirts. The last performance (1998) quotes a solo by the choreographer Susanne Linke, as well as Hamlet and André Agassi. Xavier Le Roy (2000) was claimed by Jérôme Bel as his own, but was actually choreographed by Xavier Le Roy. The show must go on (2001) brings together twenty performers, nineteen pop songs and one DJ. Véronique Doisneau (2004) is a solo on the work of the dancer Véronique Doisneau, from the Paris Opera. Isabel Torres (2005), for the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro, is its Brazilian version. Pichet Klunchun and myself (2005) was created in Bangkok with the Thai traditional dancer Pichet Klunchun. Follows Cédric Andrieux (2009), dancer of Merce Cunningham. 3Abschied (2010) is a collaboration between Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Jérôme Bel based on The Song of the Earth by Gustav Malher. Disabled Theater (2012) is a piece with a Zurich-based company, Theater Hora, consisting of professional actors with learning disabilities. Cour d’honneur (2013) stages fourteen spectators of the Cour d’honneur of the Palais des Papes in Avignon.

Assistant Dina ed Dik

Dina ed Dik studied dance and drama at the Fontys Dansacademie in Tilburg, the Netherlands. After finishing her studies, she worked with choreographers in Germany, the Netherlands and France, including Jérôme Bel, Hans Tuerlings (RAZ), Michael Laub, Lukas Matthaei, Erika Winkler. Dina ed Dik has been a cast member for Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On since 1999. She has worked with Jérôme Bel for six years teaching The Show Must Go On to other international casts.

Assistant Henrique Neves

Henrique Neves has taught The Show Must Go On for the last 4 years in various contexts and to diverse groups of people. He was an original member of the cast, when the piece was first performed in Paris.He has worked extensively within the performing arts (dance and theatre).

Currently most of his practice is within the visual arts and he has created site-specific pieces for public institutions and spaces in Lisbon and Paris. His work engages with specific cultural and social entities, and with the people who work in them. He does not work within a specific media, though textiles are a material of election in many of his pieces. (www.henriqueneves.com)

In teaching The Show Must Go On he sees himself as a facilitator or translator of the work by Jerome Bel. He enjoys seing the work developing and adapting to diverse casts within various cultural and geographical contexts. As an assistant inThe Show Must Go On, he equally tries to create a nurturing environment where people find a space to say something about themselves.

Performers

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Vanessa Abreu

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Name: Vanessa Abreu

Age:
30 on the 20th March
31 on the 21st March

Where are you from? I’m from Madeira where I lived until the age of 6, then my family moved to Lisbon and at 19 I came to London where I still live.

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
Working with Candoco’s company members, its Directors and the entire team on a performance engagement. It being the first time the soles of my bare feet will touch the Sadler’s Wells stage floor. And the fact it all happens on my birthday!!!!

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Predominantly, I move (dance) but, on occasion I also sit, stand or lay still (modelling).

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? 
I would fly freely over the Atlantic Ocean and land safely in Madeira Island. There, resting still, in silence, I would absorb it all.

What is your favourite memory? My grandmother’s touch… The way she used to squeeze my hands and arms.

What has been your biggest challenge? Losing my father… And accepting my Type 1 diabetes.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Not managing to get to the toilet on time in a very large supermarket whilst wearing light coloured jeans that revealed it all! I was 12! My twin brother used the accident as a bribing tool for weeks.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A dancer, an architect, an air traffic controller.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Haha! It’s also a secret!!!!

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Jo Bannon

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Name: Jo Bannon

Age: 32

Where are you from? Bristol via Coventry

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
Being part of a gang
Re-creating and performing this well known work
Not having artistic control!

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
I am an artist making contemporary performance

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Bruce Springstein, because he is The Boss.

Which book changed your life?
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood. I don’t know why exactly but it is one of the books which most strongly stays with me. I think because it scared me. It showed how subtly and quickly personal freedoms, in this case female equality can be eroded and how society is only a temporary construct, always changing. It is a fictional future but one which feels ever possible and threatening and it definitely started me off as a feminist!

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An optician. As a kid I found eye tests totally thrilling. They are strangely intimate spaces, the close inspection, the silence, the darkness. They have a lot in common with theatre…

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Made in Chelsea. Don’t judge me!

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Allan Binns

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Name: Allan Binns
Age: 30
Where are you from? Nottingham

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1. Meeting and working with the rest of cast.
2. Performing at such renowned venues.
3. Entertaining people!

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
I am the Founder & Director of Bohunk Institute; a multi purpose arts venue in Nottingham. I am also the Finance Manager of a national electrical cabling company.

What is your favourite memory?
Proposing to my wife-to-be in Paris.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Andy Warhol.

What is your greatest fear?
HEIGHTS

What is your earliest memory?
Burning my parents house down. (Not a proud moment).

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Bill Murray.

Which book changed your life?
Dead Man Working by Carl Cederstrom and Peter Fleming.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
My Dad or Stuart Pearce.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
You’ve got Mail.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who left a gentle light show.

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Suzie Birchwood

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Name: Suzie Birchwood

Age: 37

Where are you from?: Hertfordshire

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1. Experiencing a very different creative challenge
2. Discovering unfamiliar things about myself
3. Meeting new people

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
I am the founder and Artistic Director of ActOne ArtsBase, a dance company involving disabled and non-disabled people in training, employment and performance projects. I am also a dancer and choreographer, working both with my own company Arc Dance and as a freelance artist. Most recently I have been working as a dancer with Ballet Cymru and on a site specific work Stuck IN The Mud choreographed by Marc Brew and produced by GDance.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? I would dance on a beach in Cuba with a cocktail in my hand before retreating to my beach hut on the sea!

If money was no object, what would you do all day? Dance, cook for my friends and family and sail around the world on a houseboat with my husband and a never ending supply of sticky toffee pudding!

What has been your biggest challenge? Re-discovering my identify after developing the condition that causes my disability  ‘Generalized Dystonia’.

What is your earliest memory? Playing cricket (poorly but convinced otherwise) with my Dad and sister in Cornwall.

Who would play you in the film of your life? Emilia Fox

Which book changed your life? What I want to say is something Chekhovian but to be honest it’s Harry Potter…

What was your most embarrassing moment? I have too many to remember and they are too bad to share!

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Gary Clarke

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Name: Gary Clarke

Age: 34

Where are you from? I am from a small coal mining village called Grimethorpe on the outskirts of Barnsley, South Yorkshire

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
I spend most of my professional time choreographing, so I am really looking forward to performing again and working with such a diverse ensemble of people. I am also looking forward to getting my teeth into a piece of work which I really admire.

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? I am an Independent Dance Artist and Choreographer

What is your greatest fear?
DEATH

What is your earliest memory?
My earliest memory is smashing my face and teeth into a concrete slab at a birthday party. It hurt. I was 4 years old and learnt very quickly that you should never swing on the back of a chair.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I once accidently pooed myself on stage. That was quite embarrassing.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Recovering from a broken heart

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Jia-Yu Chang (understudy)

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Name: Jia-Yu Chang

Age: 48

Where are you from? Taiwan originally

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1. Meeting and working with the cast and with Dina and Henrique whose images from the video have become so familiar in my mind
2. Listening to the songs in the piece
3. Immersing in the rehearsal process, learning, exploring and discovering the work.

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
Teaching dance in SEN (special educational needs) schools
Freelance dance practitioner
Mother to a teenage daughter.

What is your greatest fear?
Singing alone.

Which book changed your life?
The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
80‘s Taiwanese pop songs.

If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Knitting.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Karim Dime

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Name: Karim Dime

Age: 19

Where are you from? Hampsted, London

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
– Meeting all the new people
– Learning and performing a show that’s new to me
– Travelling and performing in new places

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Full-time drama student. I’m a Cando2 dancer and I am on the CAT Scheme at Trinity Laban.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? I would dance!

If money was no object, what would you do all day? I would go to New York, listen to music and…. Dance!

What is your favourite memory? Dancing in the rain in Glasgow with lots of other dancers! We performed at Big Dance 2014 as part of the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in July.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I wanted to be Michael Jackson… still do!

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Robert Eldridge

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Name: Robert Eldridge

Age: 64

Where are you from? I moved to London in 2004 from The Isle Of Wight

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1. The excitement of the Show,
2. Working with others from different backgrounds.
3. Fun

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
I am a Doorman at a luxury London hotel. This gives me the opportunity to act and do voiceover work. (I retired early from Civil Service in 2008)

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Be where I am now – To dance with Candoco at Sadlers Wells, Nottingham Playhouse and Tramway in Glasgow and work at a luxury London hotel. WOOOOW!

What has been your biggest challenge?
Maintaining the good manners standards my parents taught me.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
Summer 1970: The Isle Of Wight Pop Festival at Afton. Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, The Who, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Moody Blues, Donovan, Chicago, Jethro Tull etc. The weather was fabulous. I was there.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Tanja Erhart

'Notturnino' by Thomas Hauert. Photo by Hugo Glendinning
‘Notturnino’ by Thomas Hauert. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

Name: Tanja Erhart

Age: 31

Where are you from? Born in Tyrol, bred also in Lower Austria until I ended up in my adopted home towns Vienna and London.

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1) Performing and touring the show 2) with an exciting versatile bunch of 20 people 3) to UK’s top and huge contemporary dance venues!

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Dancing and teaching and being one of the Candocians.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? Dancing and singing on top of the snowcapped and sunlit heights of the alps in my dirndl dress of course … just like Maria in The Sound of Music!

What has been your biggest challenge? Ending chapters in my book of life and becoming a professional dancer.

What is your earliest memory? Me and my brother racing at a car park, him with roller-skates, me in my wheelchair, until I hit the pavement, fell out of the chair and hit the edge with my chin which had to be stitched at the doctors then, after my dad carried me there in his white shirt totally blood overflowed. I strongly believe scars tell the best stories!

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Something my Mama taught me and life reaffirms over and over again … There is nothing good without any bad and nothing bad without any good. Which means Life is a f*cking brilliant rollercoaster!

How would you like to be remembered? With my reverberating laugh in their ears. Hahaha!

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Katy Francis

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Name: Katy Francis

Age: 25

Where are you from? Winchester

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1) Touring to places that I’ve never been to before, such as Scotland. 2) Performing with new people, especially Candoco. 3) Dancing on stage at Sadler’s Wells.

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
Dancer and actor with The Blue Apple Theatre and an assistant in a residential care home for the elderly.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
I would love to find the right man to marry and live happily together.

What is your favourite memory?
In 2012 I toured the theatres in the south of England as Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I have wonderful memories of this, but especially ending the run at the Rose Theatre in Kingston with a standing ovation.

What has been your biggest challenge?
My greatest challenge was water skiing with my family on holiday, but I did get up on the skis in the end and got a loud round of applause!

What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I was about three or four years old, I was dancing on stage with my ballet class to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and when the curtains closed at the end, I was left on the wrong side of them, trying desperately to find my way back through. My parents sent the video to You’ve Been Framed!

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Linda Fearon

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Name: Linda Elizabeth Fearon

Age: 47

Where are you from? Armagh. N.Ireland

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On? Meeting the other cast members. Being part of Candoco Dance Company. Performing at Sadlers Wells (A lifelong dream of mine!).

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Physical Theatre performer, dancer and mother.

What has been your biggest challenge? Leaving and moving on from an abusive/controlling marriage.

What is your greatest fear? My children dying before me.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? If you want something to change in your life you have to change it yourself and not wait and hope that others will do it for you.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Adam Gain

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Photo by Pedro Machado

Age: 25 years old

Where are you from? I was brought up half in London and half in Manchester.

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go OnI am really looking forward to working as part of a large cast for The Show Must Go On? Being able to create the piece with people from all walks of life and a variety of performance experience will be very exciting!

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your occupation? I am one of the seven company dancers for Candoco.

What would your super power be? If I could have a super power I would be able to time travel. Obviously I would try not to alter anything in the past that would drastically change our current line of history, sending us all off into another parallel existence, but I can’t promise anything.

What is your greatest fear? I have an extreme fear of deep water ever since I nearly drowned as a child. Some huge waves had dragged me under the water at the beach. Fortunately my dad saved me.

Which book changed your life? The book that really changed my life would be Philip K. Dick’s “Do androids dream of electric sheep?” It really makes you question what makes us human and what reality is. It reveals our ingrained desires to blend in and be “normal” whilst all having doubts and fears and failings that we try to hide from ourselves as well as others.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? The most important life lesson I’ve learnt is to accept people for who they are, not who you think they are.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Andrew Graham

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Name: Andrew Graham

Age: 26

Where are you from? From France. Originally, my mother is Sicilian. Although she was born French Tunisia. My Father is British from Liverpool. I spent some time growing up in Malaysia. I identify to Southern French Londoners.

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1/ To meet 15 new people that will shift my social life in Candoco.
2/ To exchange with people who have such different everyday lives to mine.
3/ To feel and revisit my joy of Dancing with Jerome Bel !

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? I’m a Candoco dancer.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? Most probably a super hero on High heels.

If money was no object, what would you do all day?
The days would still be as long… so… In terms of time, I would use something like:
40% for moving, dancing, experiencing and reflecting on existing.
20% eating.
20% planning, thinking and experiencing ways to be naughty.
20% Socialising.

What is your favourite memory? Probably some memories with my brother. When growing up and finding out how to be civilized.

What has been your biggest challenge? Identifying things

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
4th Century BC to meet the sacred band of Thebes.
In 1983, to see Michael Jackson, Prince and James Brown perform together.
To be an adult during my parents’ childhoods and my grandparents’ childhoods.

If you won an Oscar who would you thank in your speech?
I would give myself a tap on the back and thank a lot of people. For some reason, a lot of women.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Isadora Duncan! Otis Redding!

What would your super power be? I would be able to transform myself in infinite ways, shapes, materials, spirits, and unimaginable substances and non-substances. Also, to be able to meet face-to-face fictional characters.

What is your greatest fear? The possibility of nothingness at death. To completely disappear as a soul.

What is your earliest memory? I might be mixing up images… it might be when my brother was born.

Which book changed your life? The Ignorant Master, from Jacques Rancière has left some strong imprints. A book that touched me: Giovanni’s bedroom, from James Baldwin.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A performer, a Doctor or a Chef.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Smoking cigarettes

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? To cultivate a pleasure and an interest in living in myself… with others.

How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be remembered with affection in a way that takes weight off a heart.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Andrej Gubanov (DJ)

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Name: Andrej Gubanov

Age: 33

Where are you from? Lithuania originally and now live in London

With a busy Autumn Tour, Andrej didn’t have time to answer our questions. His colleagues have taken liberty to answer some for him…

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Andrej is our Technical Manager for Candoco and will be our ‘DJ’ for The Show Must Go On!

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? To lie on a beach in Thailand, drinking a Singha beer!

What was your most embarrassing moment? Walking straight into a door backstage at a recent performance… he nearly knocked himself out!

What has been your biggest challenge? Working in an all female office

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Beer and Thailand

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Mirjam Gurtner

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Name: Mirjam Gurtner

Age: 34

Where are you from? Switzerland and now, I live in London.

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On? I am very much looking forward to working with an intergenerational cast, creating and devising with such a diverse and rich group in terms of background and experience, as well as performing at some great venues such as Sadler’s Wells in London and the Tramway in Glasgow.

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? I am a dancer with Candoco.

Which book changed your life? Tom and Mia, a story about a family and their cat, my first ever book I received as a small girl. It introduced me to the pleasure of reading.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? 1950, London, where my Swiss grandmother met my Vietnamese grandfather. I would have loved to get to know him since none of my family ever got the chance.

What is your earliest memory? Riding on the swings behind our kindergarden, and jumping off at maximum height.

Who would play you in the film of your life? My twin sister. Or Björk. They would both be awesome.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Tom Morgan

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Name: Tom Morgan

Age: 22

Where are you from? Bedfordshire, England

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
– Working with a big, diverse, cast (mostly I do solo work so this will be a big change).
– Working with a company of professional dancers on a production.
– Performing at Sadler’s Wells!

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
I’m an Experimental Physical Theatre Artist

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
I would travel to some of the countries that I have always wanted to visit and taste their culture and art.

If money was no object, what would you do all day?
I would travel to find inspiring people and places to train and to learn. So more or less what I do now – when I have the money!

Which book changed your life?
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
That I have to go out into the world and explore to find my inspirations.

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Matthew Morris

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Name: Matthew Morris

Age: 45

Where are you from? Australia. I now live in London.

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
1. Having the opportunity to perform with Candoco
2. Working with a diverse group of people
3. Having an incredible experience

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? My usual occupation is a dance artist, choreographer and massage therapist.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? Right now I would like to get on a plane and visit my family for xmas.

What is your earliest memory? My earliest memory is fishing with my Grand-father.

Which book changed your life? The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Change is constant and inevitable.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Laura Patay

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Name: Laura Patay

Age: 25

Where are you from? France

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?

– Have a new experience

– Meet new performers with different art experience

– Challenge myself

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? A Dancer with Candoco Dance Company

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Michael Jackson

What would your super power be? To fight like Jackie Chan

Who would play you in the film of your life? Cat woman (because she is amazing strong and sexy as well!)

What is your guiltiest pleasure? Eat french sausage (I mean saucisson) and drinking red wine at the same time…

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Mickel Smithen

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Name: Mickel Smithen

Age: 30

Where are you from? London

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
Going on tour with Candoco Dancers, Collaborating with other dancers and meeting Jerome Bel.

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Performance Artist, Dance Practitioner, Music Facilitator and Photographer

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? It would be to create a big cabaret piece with for my Ultra Ego Ebony Rose Dark that tours Europe and a bit of America with dancers and full band.

What is your favourite memory? One of my favorite memories is of my mum telling me how much I’ve grown and improved as a dancer after a performance a few years ago.

What has been your biggest challenge? Circus Skills as it requires a lot of strength, trust, technique and patience.

If you won an Oscar who would you thank in your speech? I’d thank my mum for believing in and supporting me, my dance teachers past and current, artists I’ve collaborated with and the four arts company’s I’m with for their ongoing support and enriching experiences and I’d also thank my friends.

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Susan Sentler

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Name: Susan Sentler

Age: 58

Where are you from? born in Jacksonville, Florida USA, but lived in Europe since 1987.

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go On?
Difficult to narrow to three things. The wonderful opportunity to work with Candoco, to work with a large cast as a family/ensemble, and to embody Jerome Bel’s work.

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation?
Now an independent dance artist/choreographer/teacher.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
In the sea, swimming my ritual…

If money was no object, what would you do all day?
Create work…film/photography/choreography/installations, travel, and swim in the sea. As well as be with wonderful friends.

What is your favourite memory?
Being at Parco dell’ Uccelina or Roccamare, both in Italy, at the sea with my lovely Italian family/friends, sunset swim.

What has been your biggest challenge?
Achieving my MA and now going back to freelance work.

If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
60’s…love the energy, the risk, the play.

If you won an Oscar who would you thank in your speech?
My Mother, and all my friends who are my Italian family and those in NYC.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Giles Deleuze

What would your super power be?
To fly

What is your greatest fear?
Not being free

What is your earliest memory?
At 5, almost drowning in my Aunt’s pool, I was calm and happy…then saved by my Mother.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
The first time I had sex…

Who would play you in the film of your life?
Kirsten Scott Thomas

Which book changed your life?
A Fortune Teller Told Me by Tiziano Terzani

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An artist, an architect

What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Chocolate

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
How to breath and listen to my heart…

How would you like to be remembered?
As a teacher, an artist, a true and generous friend

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Betty Skelton

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Name: Betty Skelton

Age: 61

Where are you from? Ayrshire, Scotland

What three things are you most looking forward to as a cast member for The Show Must Go OnMeeting interesting and vibrant people, helping to create something unique and exciting and performing at Sadler’s Wells like a REAL dancer!

When you’re not featuring in The Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Retired teacher turned storyteller. Also wife and mother.

What is your favourite memory? Of long summers on the Isle of Arran! Bliss! Firstly as a student, then with my family and friends. I met my husband there.

If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Benedict Cumberbatch because he seems to be a real gentleman -talented and good looking but with a good work ethic -prepared to work hard to perfect new roles without relying on ‘being a star’. Looking forward to seeing him live in Hamlet next year.

What would your super power be? Healing touch! All mothers can do it when their children are little but gradually lose the ability!

How would you like to be remembered? With a smile!

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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Toke Broni Strandby

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Name: Toke Broni Strandby

Age: 19……… + 8

Where are you from? Hjerm, Denmark

What three things are you looking most forward to as a cast of The Show Must Go OnI am very curious and exited to start working side by side with a big and diverse group of people, all with various backgrounds, age or with or without any performance experience. We will all together be performing the show on big stages in Scotland and UK, and in the end of all that i hope i can add new things and perspectives to the big question of what Performance Art is?

When you’re not featuring in the Show Must Go On what is your usual occupation? Daily, I am working as a Dancer in Candoco….:)

What is your greatest fear? Birds and me in a closed room. Any kind of bird; big birds, small birds, giant birds. At home on my parents farm in Denmark, I have not fed our chickens since I was 12 years old in very great fear of attack. Today I am still convinced that the chickens will snap out my eyes and eventually be eating me.

What would your super power be? Easy and simple – Teleportation. If I had this superpower, things or life in general would be so much easier. I could have longer mornings for not taking any time on transport. I would not have to wait to get anywhere. Time would not be an issue and a long distance travel to anywhere in the world or outer space could be done in less than 1 mili second.

What is your guiltiest pleasure? To be honest I don’t really think I have any kind of weird forms of guilty pleasures. I know I am not the only one who loves H&D (Haagen Dazs) and to let it melt for nearly nine min to get the exact right creamy texture. I also know that I am not the only one in the world who adores hummus so much so that they would go look for it in their lunch break from Sadler’s, and to get this nice idea of buying a 5 pound freshly made mint one from a local restaurant, just enough to spread on two pieces of bread. And don’t even try to get me started on Beef Bourguignon. It is actually incredible what you can make out of a stick of thyme, some beef stock and a bottle of red wine :)

What is the most important lesson life has taught you? To always put tahini in my homemade Hummus. That porridge made with milk (and not water) is actually edible. Always to remember that whenever you are in the UK, you better queue. Not to wear to loose underwear in rehearsals (it can and will hurt). and That Dawn French almost can do a perfect Elton John look a like. (serious look it up:))

The show must go on and will go on with your help – In 2015 Candoco Dance Company is staging Jerome Bel’s world-renowned The Show Must Go On. We still need to raise £5000 towards artists’ fees and to cover accommodation and travel for our guest performers, so we are asking for your help. We would be so grateful for your support bringing this wonderful show to the UK’s stages. Please support us by clicking on the link below.

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