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Image: Duncan Grisby

The Dinner Club
Performed at Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 28-29 November 2008,
revived at The Junction, Cambridge, July 2013

 

Dancers: Tzo-Zen Ang, Sandy Kwok, Jennifer Harcourt, Netta Shamir, Jennifer Hersch (2008); Tzo-Zen Ang, Vaughan Watts, Anna Buonomo, Gemma Bridge, Lise Smith, Elaine Arthur (2013)

 

You see us as you want to see us - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions.  A drunk, and a vixen, and a basket case. A hostess... and a raging bull.
Five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. What will they break before dinner is over?

 
 

Fantasie
Performed at Sidney Sussex Chapel, Cambridge, December 2010

fantasie
Image: Lise Smith

 

Music: Chopin, "Fantasie Impromptu" performed live by David Earl

Dancer: Saba Hinrichs

 

A study in looping movement to one of Chopin's most popular piano solos.

       
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Image: Darien Graham-Smith

Please please please
Performed at Cloud Dance Festival,
Cochrane Theatre, Holborn, July 18 2010

 

Music: Phillip Glass, "Company" Movements 2 and 3

Dancers: Tzo-Zen Ang, Jennifer Hersch, Saba Hinrichs

 

"Haunting female sound bites, like the voices in your head accompany the three arresting female dancers... the mesmerizing motion of the ensemble keeps the audience captivated." - Jenny Teale

"The company explode the stage with flashes of bold energy as they continuously shift and pursue each other in the space." - Michelle Harris

 

Luna
Performed at Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 28-29 November 2008
and ADC Theatre, 20-24 January 2009

showImage: Claude Schneider
 

Music: Beethoven, "Moonlight Sonata"

Dancers: Jennifer Hersch, Orris Gordon

 

My world is secret, you don't know me
I hope, but you fear my love.
And so in dreams I kiss my love
but jerk from sleep each day in pain.
Will you ever turn and find me
guided by the songs I whisper?


- Qazi Nazrul Islam

       
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Image: Lise Smith

M'Intenda (Understand Me)
Performed at Robinson College, Cambridge; Museum of Zoology, Cambridge; and The Junction, Cambridge, July 2009

Revived at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 20 Oct 2009

 

Music:

Dancers:

Phillip Glass, "Company" Movements 2 and 3

Tzo-Zen Ang, Jennifer Hersch, Saba Hinrichs (July); Tzo-Zen Ang, Sandy Kwok, Jennifer Harcourt, Vaughan Watts (October)

 

"Woman! What does she want?"
- Sigmund Freud


"If I could tell you that, I wouldn't have to dance it."
- Isadora Duncan

 

What I Want
Performed at Queens' College, Cambridge, March 10-11 2009

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Image: Lise Smith
 

Music:

Dancers:

The Smiths, "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want This Time"

Tzo Zen Ang, Jennifer Hersch, Sandy Kwok (Tuesday), Janet French (Wednesday)

 

Sometimes, the thing we seek has been right in front of us all along.

 
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Image: Duncan Grisby

Such Stuff Revisited
Performed at Trinity College, 18 June 2008

 

Music:

Dancers:

Live improvisations by Ewan Campbell

Tzo-Zen Ang, Sandy Kwok

 

A reworking of "Such Stuff as Dreams" for the unique space of Trinity College Cloisters, using live instrumentation and incorporating the musician into the dance. Reviving the piece encouraged me to rethink the specific energy and relationships of the original duet, resulting in new choices and a very different performance.


       
 

Twisted Days

Performed at Manor College, Cambridge, July 17 2010

Twisted
Image: Lise Smith
 

Music:

Dancers:

The Killers, I Can't Stay

Lucy Crowe, Ben Taylor

 

What happens when an irresistable force meets an immovable object? This isn't the answer, but it was fun trying.

       
 

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Images: Duncan Grisby

Such Stuff As Dreams

Performed at ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 22-26 Jan 2008

 

Music:

Dancers:

The Smiths, "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me"

Sandy Kwok and Jennifer Hersch

Last night I dreamed....what? When we dream, we escape into our imaginations, a world of ideals, wishes, anxieties made real. And when we wake, that fleeting reality evaporates from our memories with every retelling. Was it like this? Or like this? Or like this....?

       
 

Away on Your Side

Performed at Laban, London, June 6 2006

 
 

Music:

Dancers:

Joy Division , “Love Wil Tear Us Apart”

Catarina Carvallho and Sarah Pagram

 

As dancers, we often consider movement to be a universal language, and the idea that dance communicates to an audience is usually accepted by both dancemaker and viewer. This duet, structured as a miscommunication, experiments with the idea of movement being assumed as a mode of communication by one party, and not understood by the other. Resolution is incomplete; this particular discussion has roots in the past and will recur in the future.

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Image: Lise Smith
       
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Image: Lise Smith

Bigmouth Strikes Again

Performed at Queens’ College, March 8-9 2006

 

Music:

Dancers:

The Smiths, “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

Amy Hall, Anna Lopatinskaya, Akua Gyekye, Cecily Morrison, Angelina Lai, Sandy Kwok, Tzo-Zen Ang, Jennifer Hersch, Beth Tanner

 

Sweetness, I was only joking when I said I’d like to smash every tooth in your head...

The choreographer could pretend that this combination of physical improvisation and release technique had some kind of social commentary at its heart, but really she just likes watching the dancers throw one another around.