Photography Tom Rowland
Following The Happiness Project which launched her company at DanceEast in 2016, Dutch born Didy Veldman’s new production is The Knot, an examination of the social and personal significance of marriage in contemporary Western society. The Umanoove dancers interpret the theme through a supremely physical and theatrical dance language, looking at what a wedding means, how it feels, the role of ritual, doubt, religion, gender and Walt Disney. With musical sources from Stravinsky and Ben Foskett defining the inner and outer worlds which Didy would like to depict, The Knot will create the feel of a big wedding party in which the performers are the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids, and the audience are the guests. Set and costumes will be designed by Joana Dias. Lighting is by Ben Ormerod.
Commissioned by DanceEast, with support from The Arts Council of England, Studio Wayne McGregor and funds from Linbury Trust, The Marina Kleinwort Trust and Beth Krasna.
The rehearsal period took place in London at the amazing Wayne McGregor studios in Nov/Dec.’17 Our premiere was on 9 Feb.'18 at Dance East in Ipswich. We will tour in Feb ’18 and Nov/Dec ’18 throughout the UK, Scotland and Danmark.
Photography Chris Nash