DANCE CandoCo, Royal Court, London
on a successful national tour by this demanding and innovative company
Saturday 22 June 1996
CandoCo's only real failing has been an occasional tendency toward gentle, over-polite movement. This valium calm was disturbed in the past by the legless virtuoso David Toole, whose unnerving physique and dynamic stage presence lent an air of danger to the yogic tranquillity of some of the dance. Sadly, the physical cost of scampering menacingly about the stage on his hands began to take its toll and the ex-Post Office worker is now concentrating on an acting career. His departure means there is now more focus on the ensemble as a whole, and on Celeste Dandeker, who dominates any piece she inhabits, staring off-stage with eyes aghast as if some nameless horror were occurring in the wings. In Christy Don't Leave So Soon she rolls on-stage, beautiful and imperious, to begin an intriguing power play with two men. The initial conflict reconciled, she is tenderly removed from the chair and cradled by her two lovers, who swing her into the air, giving her limbs the mobility denied them by her on-stage accident 23 years ago. The work is touching but unsentimental.
The evening's finale was Trades and Trusts, a new collaborative work by Brazilian choreographer Guilherme Botelho. The piece takes a rather over-familiar look at human relationships and desires but possesses a frenzied energy and is funny and sad by turns. Like all of CandoCo's work, Trades and Trusts is not about disability, it touches on the subject but places it firmly in the wider context of human frailty. At one point, Jon French wheels on to begin a monologue of wishes and dreams. These begin as the fantastic aspirations of an ordinary young man - "I'd really like to own a nightclub" - and dwindle to the painful everyday dreams of a disabled person - "I'd like to be able to cut my toenails and lie down whenever I want".
Final performance 7.30pm tonight.
Booking: 0171-730 1745
Life & Style blogs
The Evil Within preview: a survival horror fan’s best worst nightmare
36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman
Porn film production 'must stop in Los Angeles' after actor tests positive for HIV
The 3D-printed key that can unlock anything
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
- 1 Unseen Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter deemed 'too subversive' released
- 3 Joan Rivers: 'Palestinians deserve to be dead'
- 4 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 5 Mexican woman becomes world’s 'oldest person' at 127
Salary/Rate: £32,000/annum: M&E Global Resources Ltd: Description/Main Duties ...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: An established professional services...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: Huxley Associates are currentl...