Studies for C

Studies for C by Javier de Frutos, Photography by Hugo Glendinning 2012

Candoco Dance Company presents the stunning duet Studies for C by award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos. Taking inspiration from from Tennessee Williams’ play Camino Real and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Studies for C, depicts a couple trapped in a stagnating relationship, unable to escape the domestic world they inhabit because their reliance on each other has become so strong. Mexican wrestling masks and ranchera music by Lila Downs underpin the emotional powerplay of the dance. The costumes, designed by de Frutos, feature the writings of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, who famously said ‘I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.’

Javier de Frutos on Studies for C

This work, now my third over the last 10 years for this company, gives me an opportunity to come full circle in relation to my first foray for Candoco entitled then “I hastened through my death scene to catch your last act” in which, inspired by the poetic perfumes of Tennessee Williams, I wanted to find a common ground for a company of true individuals. My feeling this time has not changed: We are here to observe, learn from and ultimately celebrate our differences. My ultimate favourite Williams play is the seldom staged Camino Real, where unique iconic literary figures wait in limbo and in vain, outsiders waiting to get back inside and within those characters another sub culture of peasants, sweepers and street workers that thread the actions. My focus is on these characters and on Williams collaboration with Anna Sokolov, the revolutionary American Choreographer

Production Details

  • Year: 2012
  • Choreography: Javier de Frutos
  • Costume Design: Javier de Frutos and dancers
  • Lighting Design: Javier de Frutos and Andrej Gubanov
  • Dancers: Mirjam Gurtner and Dan Daw
  • Dancers: Mirjam Gurtner and Dan Daw
  • Music: Lila Downs - Yanahuari Nin, La Bamba, La Cucaracha from the album and Una Sangre Yunu Yucu Ninu and Pobre Changuita from the album La Sandunga
  • Thanks: Javier de Frutos for donating Mexican masks
  • Running Time: 15 minutes
  • Suitability: All ages

Javier de Frutos Biography:

Javier de Frutos is an award winning director and choreographer. His work is in the repertoire of companies including Rambert Dance Company and The Royal Ballet among others. In 1999, his achievements were recognised in a South Bank Show special. In 2000 he became a fellow of The Arts Council of England, under which he conducted two years of research on the work of Tennessee Williams, culminating in a contemporary piece entitled Blue Roses which was performed at Sadler’s Wells. He choreographed Carousel for the Chichester Festival Theatre, the National Theatre’s production of Death and ther King’s Horseman and the acclaimed West End and touring production of Cabaret, for which he won the prestigious Olivier Award for ‘Best Theatre Choreographer’ in 2007. Javier’s film and TV credits include The Long Road to Mazatlan in collaboration with Issac Julien, which was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001. Javier is also credited with the movement direction for Mika’s music video We Are Golden and more recently the HBO drama Game of Thrones.