Celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking contemporary dance, The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs reunite to perform a special programme of award-winning pieces by choreographer Lea Anderson.
Birthday surprises abound as the previous all-female Cholmondeleys are replaced by men to perform Flesh & Blood - originally created for the Cholmondeleys - and the traditionally all-male Featherstonehaughs become women to represent a selection of gems from the Featherstonehaughs’ repertoire.
With lighting by Olivier Award nominee Simon Corder and the original score performed live by composer Steve Blake and his band Victims of Death, this is an exciting show of contemporary choreography and dance.
In Flesh & Blood the men bring a new impetus to one of the Cholmondeleys’ most thrilling works. The company of six dancers draw the audience into the smoke-filled stage of a disturbing world of introspection and fanaticism. At times they have a look of lizards and at others of old wood carved figures, playing on the iconography of the church.
Wearing sharp suits, the six women in Double Take get a go at being the lounge lizards and wannabe rock stars from the Featherstonehaughs’ early repertoire. The sketch on Elvis’ legs is full of humour and entertainment value for the audience.
Choreographer and founder Lea Anderson shows her fascination with the idiosyncratic and gestures, though at times she is repetitive. The two companies at the forefront of British contemporary dance provide an alternative to the conventional images of men and women in dance in a lively, accessible way.