THE CHOLMONDELEYS AND THE FEATHERSTONEHAUGHS WITH VICTIMS OF DEATH - BOG STANDARDS ANNOUNCE AUTUMN DATES FOR 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
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).
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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. 12 12The 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. 12 12Lea 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). 12 12For further details please contact: 12Sam McAuley at McAuley Arts Marketing 12Tel: 020 8676 4773 12Email: