Candoco Dance Company Presents REMEMBER
An original dance piece is set to commemorate the First World War in a new work choreographed by Candoco artists Jemima Hoadley and Welly O'Brien. Created during a five-day residency at The Place, the work will be performed on Tuesday 7th November by members of Candoco's youth company Cando2 alongside school pupils, students from King's College London and injured veterans of recent conflicts from The Soldiers' Arts Academy.
The dance explores stories and objects from World War One, drawing on the experiences of veterans from recent conflicts and non-military members of the public. The performance will be followed by a discussion that covers how objects are used to remember, the study and experience of war, and the role of the arts in the transition from military to civilian life. The discussion will be introduced by Jayne. E. Peake, from the Arts & Conflict Hub at King's and the Soldiers' Arts Academy founder Amanda Faber and chaired by War Studies Artist in Residence Dr Milena Michalski with panelists including choreographer Jemima Hoadley, war studies graduate Martina Liburdi and former Royal Marine and SAA member Cassidy Little. Cassidy Little has previously collaborated with Candoco Dance Company and Amanda Faber and has appeared in Muster and The Two Worlds of Charlie F. Strictly Come Dancing viewers may also remember Cassidy Little for his winning performance in The People's Strictly for Comic Relief. Collaborators also include veteran and artist in residence Harry Parker who wrote the best seller Anatomy of a Soldier.
Candoco, the leading company of disabled and non-disabled dancers was founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin, Candoco quickly grew into the first professional dance company of disabled and non-disabled artists in the UK. Candoco tours its repertoire of works by renowned choreographers nationally and internationally.
The Soldiers' Arts Academy CIC is a platform through which serving and ex-serving military personnel can participate in the creative and performing arts, using their skills and experiences to engage audiences. Founder Amanda Faber said, "This dance is a way of linking the present with the past. A chance to mark the enormous sacrifice made by servicemen and women for others and to express feelings that can't be put into words."
The Arts & Conflict Hub based in the Department of War Studies, King's College London provides a focal point for work exploring the relationship between the arts and conflict, including visual arts, dance, music, theatre and film. Using artistic mediums to communicate, teach and research the complexities of conflict, the hub connects artists and scholars to share their work and ideas fostering a space for creative collaboration.
Ellie Douglas-Allan, Candoco Dance Company, said "Remember challenges audiences to question their own preconceptions whilst performers build confidence and a sense of belonging within a professional artistic environment."
Tuesday 7th November 2017, 6.30pm at Anatomy Museum, King’s College London, Strand campus
Tickets (free): http://bit.ly/2wvukHU
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