The Knot was originally choreographed by Didy Veldman, and premiered here at the Jerwood DanceHouse in February 2018! Mathieu Geffré, who performed in the original piece, restaged The Knot for our students who performed it as part of the DanceEast CAT End of Year Show 2019.
“The sacramental aspect of marriage is dying; marriage could even be seen as part of our throw-away culture. And yet we still seek out strong commitment in love and romanticise marriage. The piece explores different aspects of marriage, our fears, expectations, the meaning of ‘forever’ and the wedding party.” Didy Veldman, Artistic Director, Umanoove.
As part of CAT Week 2020 we’ll be sharing this performance online – tune in to our facebook on Monday 27 July, 7.30pm. This performance will be available for 24 hours after it’s Facebook premiere, you can watch it again on our vimeo here.
Company: Humanoove/Didy Veldman
Choreographer: Didy Veldman. Re-staged by Mathieu Geffré
Rehearsal Director: Kate Durrant
Music: Newly composed by Ben Foskett with Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces.
Dancers: Joshua Betteridge, Sam Deasy, Harri Eiffert, Eleni Green, Lucy Halfpenny, Rebecca Hall, Alice Marsh, Charlotte Miller, Pippa Windard
Filmed by James Williams Cinematographer. Photos by Rachel Cherry.
What is CAT WEEK 2020?
CAT Week 2020 will shine a light onto our DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). The CAT is part of a national programme that offers world-class pre-vocational dance training to young people with exceptional potential..
As part of their training, the CAT students work with leading choreographers to create a series of performances for the DanceEast CAT annual End of Year Show. This gives the students an insight into the professional dance world and the opportunity to create a brand-new dance work, or to re-stage or re-imagine an existing professional dance work. During the week, the CAT students will be taking part in the CAT Digital Summer Intensive working with leading choreographers including Anna Williams, Martin Lawrance, Alleyne Dance, James Cousins, and Jamaal Burkmar. DanceEast CAT Alumni will also have the opportunity to take part in a workshop with New Adventures, led by Resident Artist Kerry Biggin.
Each evening there will be screenings on our Facebook page from previous CAT End of Year Shows that were filmed at DanceEast in the Jerwood DanceHouse. These will highlight some fantastic previous performances, starting with a restaging of Didy Veldman’s The Knot, and ending with the full-length work Park Road created by Jasmin Vardimon Company. There is also a full programme of CAT works choreographed by Jess and Morgs, Joseph Toonga and more. Each performance will be available to watch for 24 hours via vimeo – www.danceeast.co.uk/whats-on for more information.