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Candoco Dance Company take A Graceful Act of Stupidity on tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

CANDOCO Dance Company is taking A Graceful Act of Stupidity on tour, visiting Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (June 22-23), PDSW Festival of Dance, Bournemouth (June 30), The Stanley Halls, South Norwood as part of A Bit Of A Do (July 7), International Straßentheaterfestival, Ludwigshafen (July 25-28) and Brit School as part of Dance Festival Croydon (September 7, 2019).

A Graceful Act of Stupidity is a playful new outdoor duet that takes flight in an existential adventure of movement, spoken word and British Sign Language.

Created with and performed by Annie Edwards and Jemima Hoadley, A Graceful Act of Stupidity is directed by Tom Roden.

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.

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.”

Candoco Dance Company created a sensation last year when it became the first contemporary dance company to perform on Strictly Come Dancing. Candoco collaborates with the most exciting choreographers and artists of our time to present distinctive performances and meaningful learning experiences that expand perceptions of #WhatDanceCanBe.

This Christmas, Candoco will collaborate with the Royal Opera on The Lost Thing, a new musical reimaging of Shaun Tan’s illustrated book which will be brought to life by a cast of disabled and non-disabled singers, dancers and musicians.

Alongside upcoming touring work, Candoco Dance Company will run a residential dance training intensive for young dancers this summer supported by fashion retailer ASOS.