Hot Mess

Photo by Stephen Wright, 2019

Hot Mess
A person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered, especially one that is a source of peculiar fascination.Hot Mess
Oxford Dictionary

From internationally renowned choreographer and designer Theo Clinkard, Hot Mess is an unpredictable and anarchic performance set to a pounding, eclectic score by award-winning music artist, Joe Newman of alt-J.

Led by Theo’s exploration of ‘consciously unknowing’ as a vital creative source, Candoco’s phenomenal dancers fearlessly embrace spontaneity and uncertainty as they navigate an environment that is constantly in flux.

Art installation meets dance piece in this explosive new work by the company that continues to expand perceptions of what dance can be.

With recent creations for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Danza Contemporanea de Cuba and the acclaimed work created for his own company, Theo has steadily built an international reputation for his affecting and visually arresting work that foregrounds the communicative and empathetic brilliance of the moving body.

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Production Details

  • Year: 2019
  • Concept, Direction and Stage Design: Theo Clinkard
  • Realisation and performance: The Dancers
  • Artistic Collaboration: Leah Marojević
  • Lighting Design: Jackie Shemesh
  • Costume and Sculpture Design: Rike Zöllner
  • Costume Assistant: Nina Genre
  • Music Production: Adam Connor and Charlie Andrew
  • Composed by: Joe Newman
  • This piece is co-commissioned by: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Supported by: The Leche Trust and PRS Foundation (for original music)
  • Thanks: ASOS for support with costumes and to Fabian Jackson
  • Running Time: 30 minutes
  • Suitability: Contains strong language and flashing white lights