Tue 20 Nov to Wed 21 Nov

Umanoove | Didy Veldman

The Knot

£20 (£13 concessions)

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You are cordially invited to a wedding celebration with a difference… the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids are all world-class dancers and audience members are the guests.

With a sharp-eyed approach and humorous touches the cast of seven exceptional dancers use sublime contemporary dance to explore familiar scenes of matrimony, the role of ritual, doubt, religion and gender to examine the romanticised perceptions of marriage.

The work is supremely physical and theatrical with an eclectic soundtrack including Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Russian folk wedding music and a specially commissioned score by Ben Foskett, beautiful costumes and set by Joana Dias, evocative lighting from Ben Ormerod and moments of participation to ensure you’re at the heart of the celebration.

Angela Venturini and Sam Costello are London Contemporary Dance School postgraduates who join the cast of this work.


Tue 20 Nov Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.

About Didy Veldman
Over two decades, Didy Veldman has become a highly sought-after choreographer in the UK and internationally. She has created works for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cedarlake, Cullberg Ballet, Introdans, Gothenburg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company and Royal New Zealand Ballet. In the UK, Veldman has been commissioned by Rambert, Northern Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre and in 2019 she will create a new work, collaborating with composer Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of Sergei Prokofiev, for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s inaugural Ballet Now programme.  Umanoove was launched by Veldman in 2016 so that she could create dance with hand-picked dancers and develop collaborative relationships with artists from the worlds of design and music.

Commissioned by DanceEast, with support from Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme and funds from Arts Council England, Linbury Trust, The Master Charitable Trust - The Marina Kleinwort Trust, Beth Krasna and an anonymous donor.

Times: 7.30pm
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn 2018