Face In is a sensual and disturbing ode to intimacy and imagination, expressed through striking images interwoven with daring and uninhibited dance. Set to an urban indie score, Candoco invites you to bask in this wild fictional world that feels uncomfortably familiar yet strangely distorted. A world that Candoco's dancers inhabit with ease: dancing with pleasure, revealing the extreme of themselves and flirting with both the banal and the ridiculous.
Yasmeen Godder is an Israeli choreographer who makes work that is seductive, disturbing, potent and personal. Her work has been presented at venues and festivals worldwide, including Lincoln Center Festival, Tokyo International Festival, Sydney Opera House and Montpelier Dance Festival.
In his first commission for a dance company, visual artist Hetain Patel has created a humorous and intimate piece for Candoco Dance Company that builds on an exploration of the dancers’ personalities and distinctive physicalities. The work is a playful interrogation of identity that probes the audience to think beyond surface appearances.
One of the UK’s most exciting visual artists, Hetain’s solo-show American Boy, a personal and humorous take on identity shape-shifting, received popular and critical acclaim, playing to sold-out audiences at Sadler’s Wells. In 2013 he was invited to do a TED talk entitled Who Am I? Think Again which has been viewed online over two million times.
Hetain approaches dance from a cross-arts background, he works with performance, installation, video, photography and sculpture, blurring the lines between theatre, gallery and film. His work is often humorous and deeply personal, allowing the audience to form an intimate connection with the performers.
Concept, Choreography & Direction: Yasmeen Godder
Dramaturg: Itzik Giuli
Set Design: Gareth Green
Lighting Design: Seth Rook Williams
Costume Design: Adam Kalderon
Sound Edit: Nathan Johnson
Music: The Night by Joe Colley and Jason Lescallee; Away from my Body by Brandt Brauer Frick (Live); Pretend by The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble feat Emika (Live at Concergebouw Brugge)
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Concept, Choreography & Direction: Hetain Patel
Associate Choreographer: Lorena Randi
Writing: Hetain Patel with the Company
Lighting Design: Jackie Shemesh
Costume Design: Valentina Golfieri
Dramaturgy: Eva Martinez
This piece is funded by: Cockayne and The London Community Foundation and co-commissioned by ArtsDepot
Choir Consultant: Dom Stichbury
BSL Interpretation: fingersmiths:Jean St Clair and Jeni Draper
Access consultant: Deepa Shastri
Original cast: Tanja Erhart, Adam Gain, Andrew Graham, Mirjam Gurtner, Laura Patay, Rick Rodgers and Toke Broni Strandby
Running Time: 30 minutes