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Candoco Dance Company is twisting perceptions of what dance is, who can dance and who enjoys it with an evening of three diverse dance works. This triple bill features a new full-company piece by award-winning choreographer Thomas Hauert, as well as American contemporary dance pioneer Trisha Brown’s iconic Set and Reset/Reset and Two for C, Javier de Frutos’ newest Mexicana-inspired duet for the company.

Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert’s new piece for Candoco will challenge the dancers’ habitual ways of moving, creating patterns by swirling, pushing, jittering and side-stepping in and out of formations, shifting and changing like a flock of birds. Artistic Director of Belgian company ZOO and former performer with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker/Rosas, Hauert uses as a starting point the documentary Tosca’s Kiss, which is set in a retirement home for great opera singers in Italy.

A Candoco highlight is the restaging of one of Trisha Brown’s signature works Set and Reset/Reset, which was originally choreographed on a cast of non-disabled dancers in 1983. Set to the original upbeat, contagious Laurie Anderson score, Set and Reset/Reset is a fluid, joyful work of pure dance.

Two for C is award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos’ (Cabaret and The Most Incredible Thing) newest work for Candoco. Inspired by Tennessee Williams’ Camino Real, Two for C 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 performance takes place in an intimate domestic world in which the use of Mexican wrestling masks suggests the deeper, darker forces at work.

Candoco Dance Company, the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, was founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin. The company has been creating acclaimed work for over 20 years variously described as beautiful, astonishing, gripping, disturbing, surprising, inspiring, as well as “delicious and very funny” (The Observer) and “utterly cool” (The Stage).

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