This week Candoco Dance Company are coming to the Dance Week Festival to perform their works Face In, Let's Talk About Dis and Beheld to the audiences in Zagreb and Rijeka. For this occasion, we asked their dancers a few inspiring questions.
My career in dance sort of just happened. I started dancing from interest and by meeting different teachers, choreographers and fellow students, my life in dance started to evolve.
One day as a Candoco dancer is always very different from the next, as we have a huge number of demands so we are constantly trying to negotiate our time. We do always start our day with a warm up/morning class, followed by rehearsals. Lunch and then rehearsals again. In total, an 8-hour working day.
Learning to distract oneself from emotions. The piece was built from various states of mind which I go through - the biggest challenge was to detach myself from that to allow free flow.
Candoco questions WHAT DANCE CAN BE - for me it is very important to continue to question and to be curious about dance.
To trust oneself and never stop learning. To enjoy the journey it takes and to be curious about yourself.
I hope the audience will come away with a feeling of a desire to move. A desire to learn and a desire to change something within themselves. In that way we can all be curious together.
I always loved dancing, it made me feel the happiest and most fulfilled out of all the things I did. So I guess I made a choice not to give it up rather than to make it my career!
Every day is different! We may be rehearsing our pieces for performance, researching with a choreographer, on a plane or train to a theatre, teaching a workshop, performing...
I learned so much from working with Yasmeen. Her work can feel exposing as a performer and it took me some time to feel comfortable with that but once I did it allowed me freedom of expression which is really liberating.
I think Candoco's work reaches a lot of people. We travel a lot, performing and teaching, and we meet people from all over the world. By meeting all of these people we can talk together, try things together and ask questions about what dance is and can be.
Go for it!
I think everyone will take something different away from seeing the show. That's what I love about it.