press dispensary press release writing, press release distribution



September 30, 2004, Press Dispensary. 2004 marks the 20th anniversary of two of contemporary dance’s most groundbreaking companies. The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs reunite to perform and tour Double Take - a special programme of award winning pieces by choreographer, artistic director and founder member, Lea Anderson. Following a hugely successful spring tour, Double Take continues to 14 UK venues throughout the autumn.

With characteristic style and verve, Lea Anderson dusts down her original choreography and adds a cheeky twist. For the first time in their history, the traditionally all female Cholmondeleys become men to perform old favourite, Flesh and Blood, which was originally performed by women to rave reviews in 1997. In the same vein, The Featherstonehaughs become women for this tour and perform a selection of short, witty, choreographic gems from the all male Featherstonehaughs’ repertoire: The Show, Big Feature and Featherstonehaughs Go Las Vegas (all originally performed by the men from 1989 to 1995).

Anderson’s seminal and hysterical choreography is illuminated by Olivier Award nominee lighting/set designer, Simon Corder, with Sandy Powell redesigning her own costumes for Flesh and Blood and Emma Fryer designing new costumes for the second half. An original live score will be performed by composer Steve Blake and his band - known for the first half as Victims of Death and, after an interval featuring further surprises, The Bog Standards.

For this tour, the Cholmondeleys form a special all male line up to include the return of regular performers Rem Lee (a Featherstonehaugh dancer), Gary Clark (AMP and The Featherstonehaughs), Greig Cook (Richard Alston, Charles Linehan and The Featherstonehaughs) plus new additions Ming Lo (one part of Bi Ma), Theo Clinkard (Adventures in Motion Pictures, Random Dance, Houston Grand Opera) and newcomer Ryen Perkins-Gangnes.

The Featherstonehaughs now all female company includes regular Cholmondeleys Anna Pons Carrera (with the company since 1995) and Maho Ihara (Retina, 10,000 Steps and The Cholmondeleys), Mary Herbert (formally Wim Vanderkeybus and The Cholmondeleys) and new additions Annika Spampinato (from the US) and Funmi Adewole (a Nigerian poet, trained in dance).

- ends -

- ends -

Notes for editors
Lea Anderson, Teresa Barker and Gaynor Coward formed The Cholmondeleys in 1984 after graduating from the Laban Centre. Branching out from its early performance roots in pubs, clubs, galleries and parks, the company now has seven dancers and produces commissioned live music for all performances. The company's increasing popularity has pushed it to the forefront of British dance and established a growing reputation in Europe.1212The Featherstonehaughs first came together in 1988 to accompany all female sister company, The Cholmondeleys, in London performances. The immediate popularity of this collaboration led to a full length joint production, which toured Britain and Europe in 1989. A year later, The Featherstonehaughs became an independent company, striking out on its own with a full length show.1212Lea Anderson, founder and artistic director of The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs, has choreographed over 100 original works and has produced dance for the small and large screens. Two series of Tights Camera Action were commissioned by Channel 4 (1992 and 94) and Lea choreographed the Todd Haynes film Velvet Goldmine (2000). Lea has also participated in large scale community site specific projects including choreography for the French Revolution Bicentennial Celebrations in Paris in 1989 and Stargazer, commissioned by Tate St Ives for the 1999 solar eclipse in Cornwall. Lea Anderson was one of the first post-modern choreographers to be studied compulsorily on the GCSE syllabus (Flesh and Blood).1212For further details please contact:12Sam McAuley at McAuley Arts Marketing12Tel: 020 8676 477312Email: 121212TOUR DATES121228 September, 7.30pm12Lawrence Batley Theatre12Queen Street, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2SP Box Office: 01484 484402 £9 / concessions £7 September and 1 Oct, 7:30pm12Chester Gateway12Hamilton Place, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2BH Box Office: 01244 340392 £10 / concessions £8 / schools and students £6.50 8 and Saturday 9 October, 8pm12The Lowry12Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ Box Office: 0870 787 579012Group Bookings: 0161 876 2003 Minicom: 0161 876 200212Book online at www.thelowry.com12£12, £14, £16 / concessions £2 off121214 October 7.30pm12Canterbury Festival12The Marlowe Theatre The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS12Box Office: 01227 787787 / 01227 37818812£14, £12, £10, £ or www.marlowetheatre.com121219 October12Courtyard Hereford12Edgar Street, Hereford HR4 9JR Box Office: 01432 359252 Octobe, 7.30pm12Oakengates Theatre12Limes Walk, Oakengates, Telford TF2 6EP Tel: 01952 619020 www.oakengates.ws12122 November 7.30 pm12The Riverfront, Newport12Bristol Packet Wharf, Newport NP20 1HG Box Office: 01633 656757 £13.50 & £9.50 (discounts available)12128 and 9 November, 8pm12South Hill Park Arts Centre12Ringmead, Birch Hill, Bracknell, Berkshire , RG12 7PA Box Office:01344 484123 and 12 November, 8pm12The Point, Eastleigh12Leigh Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9DE Box Office 023 8065 2333 November, 7.30pm12The Charter Theatre, Preston12Lancaster Road, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 1HT Box Office: 01772 258858121219 November 8pm12Gardner Arts Centre12University of Sussex Campus, Falmer , Brighton , BN1 9RA12Box Office: 01273 and 24 November, 7.30pm12Laban12Creekside, London SE8 3DZ Box Office: 020 8469 9500 www.laban.org121230 November, 7.45pm12Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield1255 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA Box Office: 0114 249 6000

For further information please contact:
Sam McAuley, McAuley Arts Marketing
Tel: 020 8676 4773

Media contacts

Sam McAuley
Tel: 020 8676 4773