Nora invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy
Wednesday 3rd February 2016 at 7pm
at Decoda in Coventry
Photo credit: Camilla Greenwell
Nora is the coming together of dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley.
Their desire to dance together, their love of choreographic structures and their critical eye has given them the impetus to invite several distinguished dance makers to create work especially for them. In their first collaborative endeavour they perform an evening of new works by the indomitable Liz Aggiss, acclaimed duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, and up and coming French choreographer Simon Tanguy.
Aggiss has conceived BLOODY NORA!, a story of competitiveness and hormonal imbalance in which shit tricks become cheap laughs, and a Bach is worse than its bite. Affectionately known as ‘the grand dame of anarchic dance’, Aggiss is a Brighton-based performer, choreographer and dance filmmaker, who has been presenting her work nationally and internationally since 1980.
Burrows and Fargion’s piece, entitled Eleanor And Flora Music, is a brand new translation of composer Morton Feldman’s For John Cage, the source of their iconic Both Sitting Duet (2002). This new piece reimagines the earlier work as a standing performance, building silent music from a gestural landscape of touch. “What [Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion] are brilliant at is turning the eccentricities of their shared creative world into irresistible theatre… It’s all wildly, unclassifiably bonkers” (The Guardian).
Tanguy has worked with Nora to develop Digging, a complex score of movement and text, creating a unique and intricate portrait of the two women and the political world they live in. Trained in clowning, burlesque, buffoonery and grotesque at the Samovar School in Paris, alongside choreography at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, Tanguy’s eclectic background also extends to street circus, judo and philosophy.
More information about each work can be found at www.noramoves.com
London Contemporary Dance School graduate Flora Wellesley Wesley is a dance artist and actor who has worked with a variety of choreographers, directors and visual artists, in addition to independently and collaboratively producing her own work. Flora co-founded Hiru Dance Organisation, former artists-in-residence at The Albert, an arts space in Queen’s Park. There, she developed the solo improvisation in performance practice anchored around the title, Sorbet du Soir, performed as part of The BELLY of the Beast at Sadler’s Wells.
Fellow London Contemporary Dance School graduate Eleanor Sikorski is a dancer and choreographer. She has worked with a range of artists including Tino Sehgal, Eva Recacha, Seke Chimutengwende, Alexandre Achour and William Collins. She often makes work alone, creating solos, and also collaborates with sound designer and composer Alberto Ruiz Soler. For The BELLY of the Beast at Sadler’s Wells, Sikorski created Cake, described as “hilarious and beautiful, poignant yet self-mocking” (Cloud Dance Magazine).
Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells Trust and DanceEast.
Co-commissioned by South East Dance.
Supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Funding, The Nightingale, Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, Dance4, Roehampton University, Leeds Beckett University, Institut Français and Chisenhale Dance Space.
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Age suitability 14+
Contains strong language
Full price £12 | Part time £9 | Student £6