Miniatures by Lea Anderson, Photography by Hugo Glendinning 2013

Lea Anderson’s Miniatures is a futuristic nod to the Elizabethan era, playfully musing about what may have gone on ‘outside of the frame’ of traditional portraiture. It’s a charming and rigorous solo inspired by London’s V&A museum’s miniatures portrait collection, full of references to poses, dress and demeanour of the period. The resulting piece cleverly uses the modern day ‘frame’ of a TV screen, to lure audiences into a locked gaze with Candoco dancer Annie Hanauer, evoking questions around power and reality.

Graham Watts, DanceTabs

This is a vivid and thought-provoking work…visually stunning… an innovative work, superbly animated by Hanauer, which creates indelible pictures in the memory.

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Production Details

  • Year: 2013
  • Choreography: Lea Anderson
  • Dancer: Annie Hanauer
  • Staging and Lighting Design: Simon Corder
  • Costume Design: Simon Vincenzi
  • Music: Steve Blake

Choreographer's note:

I made this work after a series of episodes where I found myself in the miniatures room at the V&A museum. I usually create work by creating storyboards of images as an imagined score for dance and on this occasion I have chosen Elizabethan miniatures by artists Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver. I was struck by the detail and scale of the tiny portraits, the repetition and rhythm of the clothing and the focus and demeanour of the individuals depicted. I have created a series of performed portraits based on my perceived principles of these Elizabethan miniatures.