- TEN YEARS OF MANCHESTER DANCE: Company Chameleon celebrate with new anniversary production ‘10.’
TEN YEARS OF MANCHESTER DANCE: Company Chameleon celebrate with new anniversary production ‘10.’
Wednesday 14th February 2018
As part of their ten year celebrations, Manchester’s Company Chameleon will perform a new anniversary production, 10, at The Lowry on Thu 1 & Fri 2 March.
The Manchester-based international dance company will tell three stories of masculinity, love and self-deception in a brand new triple bill.
The anniversary production features Rites, the male duet that launched Company Chameleon onto the dance scene a decade ago; alongside two new works by the Company’s Co-founders, Imprint by Kevin Edward Turner and Trip by Anthony Missen.
Co-artistic director, Kevin Edward Turner, said: “10’ is an opportunity for us to say this is where we came from, and this is where we are now.” Co-artistic director, Anthony Missen adds: “Rites’ is the first work we made, it was fresh, new and powerful, and showed how dance theatre can express and engage audiences in a complex subject matter.”
Imprint by Kevin Edward Turner explores the dynamics of love and romance, and the imprint that relationships leave on us. Anthony Missen’s new solo piece Trip examines the dark arena of self-deception and the line between true and false identity.
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry said; “We are really pleased to welcome back Company Chameleon to our Quays Theatre in this special year in their proud history. They first came to The Lowry in 2011 with ‘Gameshow’ and became our first Resident Dance Company soon after. They have since become an Arts Council funded National Portfolio Organisation and enjoyed great success nationally and internationally. We are delighted to be able to celebrate their ten year anniversary with them.”
Company Chameleon will be delivering workshops in local schools, colleges and young people’s groups exploring the themes in 10 as part of the tour. For more information contact Sam Broadbent, Learning & Participation Officer at Company Chameleon.
Dates: Thu 1 & Fri 2 March
Tickets: £10.50 - £16.50
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Notes to Editors
About Company Chameleon | Celebrating 10 years
In ten years, Company Chameleon has presented 370 performances, delivered 650 workshops, taught dance to 12,500 people and performed in front of a total audience of 75,000.
For ten years, Company Chameleon has produced dance theatre productions in its home city of Manchester, which have gone on to tour across the world.
The Company has performed in towns and cities across the UK and has put UK dance on the map through touring to Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, South Africa, France, Italy, Romania, South Korea and Trinidad and Tobago.
Co-founders, Kevin Edward Turner and Anthony Missen, originally met at Trafford Youth Dance Theatre in the mid-1990s and both went on to train at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After graduating, they travelled extensively, working with some of the world’s foremost dance companies and choreographers.
They returned home to Manchester in 2007, to achieve their goal of setting up their own dance company and Company Chameleon was born. Today, Company Chameleon tour to wide acclaim and perform over fifty indoor and outdoor performances a year.
To launch their 10-year celebratory programme, Company Chameleon were commissioned by Manchester City Council to create Illuminate, a site-specific production, which saw Manchester Central Library transformed through dance, music and light art.
In 2015, Company Chameleon was nominated for Best Independent Company at the National Dance Awards, and in the same year was a Manchester Theatre Awards nominee, for the Robert Robson Award for Dance.