News: Candoco get down with Duckie

Thursday 31 October 2013 by Carmel Smith

Candoco Dance Company 'Miniatures'.
Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Every Saturday night in November, Candoco, the contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, pops up at gay London’s leading pop and performance club, Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Members of the company, past and present, will be performing extracts from five of their collaborations with some of the UK’s leading choreographers – including Lea Anderson, Javier de Frutos and Nigel Charnock.

Duckie Producer Simon Casson said: “There is something special about putting classy dance in a space where it shouldn’t be or rarely is. The audience number about 300 and they are all standing, crammed like sardines into this sweatbox, it’s nearly midnight on a Saturday night in gay clubland in Vauxhall. Putting contemporary dance in this atmosphere it feels like a football match, a rock gig, a gladiator battle. The audience are boozy and raucous and queer – there is a very dynamic relationship between them and the work, often with much shouting out.”

The series kicks off this Saturday,with Vicky Malin in extracts from Matthias Sperling’s This is it

Duckie is at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5HY.
Doors open at 9pm, performances start at 11pm. Tickets £6 on the door. This venue is accessible.
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