In Dialogue Panel Discussion with Jurg Koch
This In Dialogue event, held on 25th October 2013, followed a growing interest in how and where we provide best training for disabled students. Jürg Koch introduced his Universal Design Of Instruction framework which opened up into a panel discussion and delegates were invited to contribute experiences, ideas and opinions. Jürg Koch's approach of Universal Design in dance is a result of his work with Candoco Dance Company and his vast experience in higher education in America. Instead of a disability specific approach of 'adapting' movement to suit individuals, this approach allows everyone in the class to work with the same principles and use them in a way that works for them and allows them to push themselves.
"It is in this way that disability and disabled students become a part of the full spectrum of diversity in our dance studios, our universities and our societies, rather than being isolated as an 'issue' or group to be taught outside the 'regular' curriculum." Jurg Koch.
Jürg Koch, Professor of Dance, University of Washington, Seattle
Kate Marsh, Dance lecturer and PhD researcher, Coventry University
Stine Nilsen, Artistic Co-Director, Candoco Dance Company
Veronica Jobbins, Head of Learning and Participation (Dance) at Trinity Laban
Emma Redding, Head of Dance Science, Trinity Laban
Profile of Candoco Dancer Victoria Malin
Dancer Vicky Malin talks about her experience on the Candoco Foundation Course, working with Matthias Sperling on her solo performance, This Is It, and performing with the company.
Studies for C - Candoco Dance Company
Candoco Dance Company's 'Studies for C' choreographed by Javier de Frutos performed by dancers Mirjam Gurtner and Dan Daw
Inspired by the poetry of Tennessee Williams and set to traditional Mexican Ranchera music and costumes his duet is a celebration of difference and rebellion: "I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees" (revolutionary Emiliano Zapata).
Set and Reset/Reset - Candoco Dance Company
'Set and Reset/Reset': a re-staging project by Trisha Brown Dance Company with Candoco Dance Company.
Trisha Brown Dance Company premiered Set and Reset in 1983 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. It is the Company's signature work and confirmed Trisha Brown as a leader of abstract choreography. For the creation of Set and Reset/Reset, Candoco Dance Company is an integral part of both the creative process and the end result. Former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Abigail Yager taught the Candoco Dance Company dancers exact sequences from the original choreography and later guided them in an extensive improvisation process whereby they used the same set of instructions that Brown gave to her Company in 1983: keep it simple, act on instinct, stay on the edge, work with visibility and invisibility, and get in line.
Insight: Restaging 'Ugly' for Set and Reset/Reset
In 2011 Candoco Dance Company worked with Trisha Brown Dance Company to restage the iconic contemporary dance piece 'Set and Reset'. This is the first time this piece has been performed by an inclusive dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. When new dancers joined the company in 2013, Candoco worked again with Abigail Yaeger from Trisha Brown Dance Company to rehearse with the new dancers. One of the new dancers, Rick Rodgers uses a wheelchair and is replacing a dancer who does not use a wheelchair, giving the company the opportunity to revisit and rework the choreography.
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Two for C - Candoco Dance Company
Candoco Dance Company's 'Two for C' choreographed by Javier de Frutos performed by dancers Kostas Papamatthaiakis and Rick Rodgers
Like de Frutos' 2012 duet Studies for C, Two for C was also inspired by Tennessee Williams' play Camino Real and explores a world in which a couple is trapped in a longstanding relationship, characterised by struggle and power play. Set to traditional Mexican Ranchera music, the performances take place in an intimate domestic world in which the use of Mexican wrestling masks suggests the deeper, darker forces at work.
Miniatures - Candoco Dance Company
Candoco Dance Company's 'Miniatures' choreographed by Lea Anderson, performed by dancer Annie Hanauer.
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.
In Translation - Candoco Dance Company
In Translation - choreographed by Emanuel Gat premiered in 2010 and is still part of Candoco Dance Company's current repertory.
Award winning choreographer Emanuel Gat delights with his attention to detail to create a beautiful, fluid sextet. Performed to a piano score by Johann Sebastian Bach, this intricate piece is built as a single sequence of movement that evolves and unfolds in duets, trios or solos.
'a pleasing slice of "pure" dance set to Bach' The Times May 2010
Imperfect Storm - Candoco Dance Company
Imperfect storm by Wendy Houstoun premiered in 2010 and is still part of Candoco Dance Company's current repertory.
Renowned theatre and dance artist Wendy Houstoun combines movement with text and meaning with humour. In a performance loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest expect elaborate costumes and theatrical movements giving it a truly unique style.
'a wickedly urgent and gloriously ribald piece filled with beguiling movement and Monty Python-esque comedy'
Dancing Times June 2010
Candoco Repertory Compilation Video 2005 - 2012
A snap shot of our work from 2005 up until today (caution: contains a short sequence of strobe lighting)
Includes 'Turning 20'-An anniversary programme, featuring the restaging project Set and Reset/ Reset with Trisha Brown Dance Company, a new work by Rachid Ouramdane and a solo by Matthias Sperling as well as our Unlimited Comission for the Cultural Olympiad '12' by Claire Cunningham.
Cando2 performing 'Long way home' at ReFresh 2011 (Subtitled)
Re-Fresh: Cando2 is one of 6 youth dance companies that were selected to take part in a prestigious performance platform, Re-Fresh, which takes place at The Place, London, on February 18, 2012. As a part of the project, all youth companies had their music chosen for them by leading choreographers; Cando2′s music was selected by Kate Prince and the piece will be choreographed by Sarah Blanc. Rehearsals for the piece commence just before Christmas then throughout January and February.
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