Candoco produces excellent and profound experiences for audiences and participants that excite, challenge and broaden perceptions of art and ability, and place people and collaboration at the heart of our work.
Last weekend I went with my boyfriend and sister to see Candoco perform their triple bill at Trinity Laban in Grenwich, London. It was incredible. I love they way that the company make disability seem totally irrelevant to a dancers ability - at no point during the performance did I even notice that some of the dancers were missing limbs.
My favourite was the second piece - two for C - It was choreographed by Javier de Frutos and is a power struggle between two men as they fight to be the one sat in the single chair. The piece was fast, exciting and playful. The costumes were bright and interesting. And It wasn't until the very end - when one of the dancers dragged himself off using his hands - that I realised that one dancer was paralysed from the waist down.
The arts, I believe, are about inclusion. I feel like dance, and drama, have got a lot further towards this total inclusion than fine art. In my project i want to use some of the things I learned from this piece to work towards some art work that works equally well for everyone - both seeing and non seeing.