News: Candoco Dance Company unveils new dance film directed by Fin Walker

Monday 16 July 2018

Candoco Dance Company (c) Camilla Greenwell, 2018

Candoco Dance Company, the leading company of disabled and non-disabled dance artists, has today unveiled Unspoken Spoken, a new dance film created by Olivier award-winning choreographer Fin Walker (After the Dance, Equus). Created and filmed with support from The Space, Arts Council England and the BBC, the film seeks to raise awareness of Candoco’s work to a digital audience for the first time.

The 17-minute piece, released on Candoco’s website, YouTube and Facebook platforms, is performed by a cast of disabled and non-disabled dancers. The film features 14-year-old Jess Dowdeswell, who has been dancing without her wheelchair and exploring ways to use her body as a means of expression through hip hop and contemporary dance for the past three years. As well as dancing, Jess is a keen sports player and trains with the GB Junior Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Squad, who are looking to retain their title as World and European Champions in 2019.

Unspoken Spoken exposes the potential that exists when we dare to challenge the rules and pushes us to confront the things holding us back. Jemima Hoadley narrates the story through a combination of British Sign Language, voice and movement.

Speaking about the film, Fin Walker says:

“The path we tread is full of information. Information that can lead us, teach us and open our eyes. The path myself and Candoco journeyed on in the making of Unspoken Spoken was rich and poignant. This small ensemble of performers were a complete and utter joy to be with and create with. Their openness, commitment, and belief unwavering. Thank you to them, my brilliant team of collaborators and to Candoco for making this film possible with support, of course, from The Space, without whom there wouldn’t be a film!”

Candoco was founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin. The company’s current Artistic Co-Directors, Ben Wright and Charlotte Darbyshire, joined the company earlier this year and remain curious about what dance can be and how Candoco can change and reimagine perceptions of ability.

Photo by Camilla Greenwell, 2018

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