Candoco Dance Company presents A Graceful Act of Stupidity

14 Jun 2019

A Graceful Act of Stupidity, Candoco Dance Company

Following in the flightpath of two flight attendants, Tom Roden’s new collaboration with Candoco Dance Company invites audiences to embark on a journey from laughter to tears, slipping seamlessly between the everyday and the poetic. Drawing on New Art Club Artistic Director Tom Roden’s experience across art-forms as theatre-maker, comedian, choreographer and dancer, the playful and poignant work will visit festivals and outdoor areas for free performances across the country throughout the summer.

“It’s always great to witness the buzz that choreographers get from working with Candoco”

Guardian (on Candoco Double Bill at Sadler’s Wells, March 2018)

Danced with charm and cheek, Annie Edwards and Jemima Hoadley interweave delicious full-bodied dancing with spoken word, gestural detail and British Sign Language in a microcosm of joy and pathos. This new outdoor duet follows on from the success of Candoco’s collaboration with Arlene Phillips on You and I Know which has toured as part of Candoco’s repertoire since 2016.

Artistic Co-Director Charlotte Darbyshire said,Stemming from his experience making and performing on the comedy circuit, Tom Roden has a passion for creating work that exists beyond the confines of the traditional theatre environment. In A Graceful Act of Stupidity, he brings a choreographic sensibility to dance, theatre and comedy to create a masterful piece that is very funny, but poignant and poetic too. It is this combination that I would say is the deep personal craft of Tom Roden and why his work touches us so deeply but surprises and entertains us in equal measure.”


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