Candoco Dance Company reimagines Trisha Brown’s Set and Reset in NY Premiere
The first professional company in the UK dedicated to the integration of disabled and non-disabled dancers, Candoco is driven by world-class artists committed to challenging what dance can be. They take on Trisha Brown’s iconic Set and Reset, originally commissioned by BAM for its first Next Wave in 1983. In collaboration with Trisha Brown Dance Company, Candoco restages Brown’s original guidelines and choreographic phrases to include dancers with disabilities for the first time. Israeli choreographer Yasmeen Godder also worked closely with the company to create Face In, an uninhibited piece that’s sensual, disturbing, and ridiculous by turns—but always deeply personal.
“…the most beloved and irresistible work of postmodern dance,” The New York Times on Set and Reset
From the Bird’s Nest in Beijing to the London Paralympics closing ceremony to outdoor spaces that catch stray passers-by, Candoco has spent over 30 years sharing its work all over the world.
Founded in 1991, Candoco is led by Artistic Director Charlotte Darbyshire. The company’s national and international productions are commissioned from world-class choreographers including Jérôme Bel, Sarah Michelson, Hofesh Shechter, Stephen Petronio, and Arlene Phillips, among others. Candoco chooses artists with a variety of approaches to choreography, who engage with pushing the boundaries of the art form. The company is guided by an understanding that diversity is inherently exciting, and ensures that dance makes room for different bodies, perspectives, and experiences. In addition to a professional and youth company, Candoco also provides robust learning projects and activities for developing dancers and those participating in dance for pure enjoyment.
Described as “a leading choreographer of the Israeli new wave” (The Guardian), Yasmeen Godder’s work has been presented at venues and festivals worldwide, including Lincoln Center Festival, Tokyo International Festival, Sydney Opera House, and Montpellier Dance Festival. Face In is a sensual and disturbing ode to intimacy and imagination, expressed through striking images interwoven with uninhibited dance.
Performances of Set and Reset and Face In will take place at the BAM Howard Opera House on April 8 & 9 at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $25 and can be found here