Lauren Laverne talks to choreographer and dancer Claire Cunningham

BBC 6 Music broadcaster Lauren Laverne presents a new six-part series of podcasts focusing on the arts, culture and entertainment and capturing a rich summer of events around London’s 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad for The Space.

In the fourth edition, choreographer and dancer Claire Cunningham talks about the Ménage à Trois show at Southbank Centre. Click on the image below to listen.

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Catch Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 8 September as part of Unlimited festival. Get tickets here

Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois in photos

Ménage à Trois, credit Sven Hagolani

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Catch Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 8 September as part of Unlimited festival. Get tickets here.

What are your Reasons to be Cheerful?

You saw them at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony and now you have the chance to see them in the flesh! Graeae Theatre Company’s production of Reasons to be Cheerful comes to Southbank Centre this weekend featuring Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ greatest hits including ‘Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll’, ‘Spasticus Autisticus’ and ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’.

Reasons to be Cheerful, photo: Patrick Baldwin

 

To celebrate, we have a very special prize on Twitter as part of our #FantasticFridays weekly competition tomorrow – a limited edition signed Sir Peter Blake print of the original artwork for Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3).

 

To enter, just follow us on Twitter @southbankcentre and keep an eye on our tweets tomorrow morning where we’ll be asking what are your reasons to be cheerful?

Catch Reasons to be Cheerful at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall as part of Unlimited on Sunday 9 September. Get tickets here. 

Quick questions with Candoco Dance Company!

Ahead of tonight’s performance from Candoco Dance Campany, we caught up with some of the dancers and choreographer Claire Cunningham in between rehearsals!

Marc Brew's piece Parallel lines

What do you fear the most?
Choreographer Claire Cunningham: Regret
Dancer Mirjam Gurtner: Loneliness
Dancer Susanna Recchia: Death
Dancer Dan Daw: Heights
Dancer Kostas: Losing someone

What – or where – is perfection?
Artistic Director Stine: Snowcrystals

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera)?
Dancer Susanna: Iron Man
Dancer Dan: Popeye

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
Choreographer Claire: Nigel Charnock filling the Clore Ballroom and Royal Festival Hall Foyer with people dancing along to Jackson Five!
Dancer Mirjam: Candoco’s last Queen Elizabeth Hall show, Turning 20
Dancer Dan: Fabulous bouquets of flowers at Candoco’s last show
Dancer Susana: Improvised performance

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Choreographer Claire : Jerome Bel and me(!)
Dancer Dan: Pina Bausch, Mat Fraser and Caroline Bowditch

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Dancer Mirjam: Viva la Vida by Coldplay
Dancer Dan: Shirley bassey
Dancer Susanna: Wildest Moment by Jessie Ware
Dancer Kostas: The speaking Hand by Wowed Hand

Aside from your own shows, what other Unlimited events are you most looking forward to?
Candoco: of course Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois featuring ex-Candoco dancer Chris Owen and The Impending Storm featuring ex-Candoco dancer David Toole.

 
Catch Candoco Dance Company tonight at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Unlimited festival. Get tickets here. 

Marc Brew’s Parallel Lines – Candoco Unlimited

It’s only one day until Candoco return to Southbank Centre! This time with a double bill from Claire Cunningham and Marc Brew. After Marc’s wildly successful Fusional Fragments last week, this is your chance to see more of his work at Southbank Centre. Here’s a sneak peak!

Catch Marc Brew’s Parallel Lines as part of Candoco Unlimited at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 6 September. Get tickets here. 

 

Video: Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois

 

See Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Unlimited festival on Saturday 8 September. Get tickets here. 

Video: Candoco return with new work from Claire Cunningham and Marc Brew!

 

Catch Candoco Unlimited as part of Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 6 September. Get tickets here.