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: 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. 

Candoco Dance Company turn 20 – watch video

Candoco Dance Company are celebrating their 20th birthday this year. Here’s a look at what they’ve got in store for us over the next week as part of Dance Umbrella at Southbank Centre.

See Candoco Dance Company in their 20th birthday celebrations on 14 & 15 October at Southbank Centre. Get tickets here. 

Autumn Dance Season Announced

Our new season of contemporary dance goes onsale today!

The season starts with Jerwood Award-winning Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu with Inside – his eagerly anticipated new work inspired by the effect incarceration has on the body. Powerful and raw, it explores violence,  solitude and hope within prison walls. Also accompanying the dancers live on stage for the only date in the tour are post-rock band 65daysofstatic. Not to be missed!

Jean Abreu Dance with 65daysofstatic, 21 September. Get tickets here.

Then we see the return of ADAD’s Bloom Festival with the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora. Exploring and celebrating dance of the African Diaspora, this three day-long festival featuring performances, workshops, film and talks. The highlight is a Mixed Bill from some of the leading African dance artists from around the world including the London premiere of Norway-based African and Caribbean company, Tabanka Crew,  stars of Norway’s Got Talent.

ADAD Bloom Festival Mixed Bill, 24 & 25 September. Get tickets here. 

And returning to Southbank Centre in the autumn is the UK’s premier contemporary dance festivel, Dance Umbrella. One of the hot tickets this year is Armitage Gone! Dance on 11 & 12 October. Not seen in London since 1985, 80s wild child Karole Armitage returns to the festival with the revival of a classic from the punk era and a new work. Striking, elegant and dramatic, Two Theories: Quantum & String is performed by the company of ten brilliant dancers, and explores the poetry underlying the pillars of 20th century theoretical physics.

Dance Umbrella at Southbank Centre, 9 – 15 October. See full listings and get tickets here.