Candoco’s 20th Birthday Party

Candoco Dance Company celebrated 20 creative and inspiring years at Greenwich Dance Cabaret on 20th May.

Candoco threw away the rule book and made audiences radically rethink who could and could not be a dancer, they have changed dance for ever” Brendan Keaney, Director of Greenwich Dance.

With Candoco’s inclusive ethos, artistic success and international acclaim, it has revolutionised the dance world and inspired participants and audiences alike.”  Celeste Dandeker, Founder & Patron of Candoco.

Nigel Charnock compared the evening, (Choreographer of Cold Tongue – City To City Cabaret, Still – Candoco and founder member of DV8). The evening began with a film directed by Margaret Williams shot in 1994 of Candoco and was followed by Deaf Men Dancing performing Elvis! and Boys.

Deaf Men Dancing. Elvis!

Deaf Men Dancing. Elvis!

Catherine Long danced Right Arm Solo followed by Vicky Malin and Dan Daw of Candoco dancing Imperfect Storm choreographed by Wendy Houston.

Imperfect Storm. Wendy Houston

Candoco. Imperfect Storm 

The raffle followed. I had donated a drawing of Vicky and Darren rehearsing the Hofesh Shechter work The Perfect Human in 2008, one of a series of studies for painting Don’t Look Back.

Marc Brew won the drawing and was the next to perform

Marc Brew. Remember When Nigel Charnock.

Marc Brew. Remember When.       Nigel Charnock singing to us 

You can see Marc Brew’s Nocturne at The Greenwich and Docklands Festival on 25th and 26th June.

Cando2 performed Lay Down Your Weary Tune. A finale on stage completed the evening with many who have danced with Candoco over the 20 years.


Happy Birthday Candoco!


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