Candoco Dance Company

Let's Talk About Dis. Photo: Hugo Glendinning

Contemporary Tel: 020 7704 6845


Candoco Dance Company is the company of disabled and non-disabled dancers, founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker-Arnold MBE and Adam Benjamin. We create excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability, and place people and collaboration at the heart of our work.

We commission and produce work by world-class choreographers for our core company of seven-ten dancers, which we tour nationally and internationally. We deliver an extensive education programme to provide access to the highest quality of dance, either as part of a developing career or for pure enjoyment.

Production highlights

Playing Another
For Playing Another, acclaimed visual artist Hetain Patel has created the incredibly humorous Let’s Talk About Dis, a playful interrogation of identity that probes the audience to think beyond surface appearances. From one of Europe’s most innovative choreographers Thomas Hauert, comes Notturnino, a dramatic work inspired by the award-winning documentary Tosca’s Kiss, which told the incredible story of the world’s first nursing home for retired opera singers in Milan.

Studies for C & Two for C
Award-winning choreographer Javier de Frutos created Studies for C for Candoco in 2012 and returned to make Two for C in 2013. Both duets depict two different couples trapped in stagnating relationships, characterised by struggle and power play, both couples are unable to escape the intimate domestic world they inhabit as their reliance upon each other has become so strong.

Double Bill
Candoco’s double bill features the landmark contemporary dance piece, Set and Reset/Reset, created in collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Notturnino, a humorous and poetic full-company work inspired by retired opera singers by Thomas Hauert.

Review extracts

“A thrilling, yearning, visually beautiful work”The Stage

“Visually stunning”Dance Tabs

“Brilliant and bracing… gripping to watch”The Guardian

Permanent staff
Artistic Co-Directors: Stine Nilsen and Pedro Machado
Executive Director: Rebecca Dawson
Producer: Nadja Dias

Contact details
Candoco Dance Company
2T Leroy House
436 Essex Road
London N1 3QP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7704 6845

Photo Credits:
Let’s Talk About Dis (2014) choreographed by Hetain Patel. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.
Set and Reset Reset (2011) a restaging project with Trisha Brown Dance Company and Candoco Dance Company. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.
Two for C (2013) choreographed by Javier de Frutos. Photo by Pedro Machado
Nottunino (2014) choreographed by Thomas Hauert. Photo by Hugo Glendinning

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