GOING OUT / Dance for all with a new notion of motion

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DAVID TOOLE, a man with no legs, and Kuldip Singh-Barmi are two members of CandoCo, the company launched last year that redefines the concept of what constitutes a dancer. Three of CandoCo's eight company members use wheelchairs; yet solutions have been invented, such as new ways of falling or rolling, to allow dancers of different abilities to create lyrical images. These images are often startling, both unexpected and revealing. The company was founded by Adam Benjamin and Celeste Dandeker, who was paralysed after breaking her neck almost 20 years ago when she was performing with London Contemporary Dance. Now Dandeker is proving that a dancer does not necessarily need legs that move. This year the company has commissioned pieces from two of the country's leading choreographers - Emilyn Claid and the award-winning Siobhan Davies. Claid's Back to Front with Sideshows is a funny and erotic piece that confronts stereotyping. Davies's Between the National and the Bristol is another example of her refined, pure and technical style. Jodi Falk, the American choreographer, has also created a special solo for Toole, along with a duet for Toole and Singh-Barmi called To Please the Desert. All can be seen this Friday and Saturday at the South Bank, SE1. Phone 071-928 8800 for details.

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