Dance Derby

a co-production with

Scottish Opera

Strict rules, extreme conditions and ferocious competition. The Dance Marathons of Depression-era America were the reality shows of their day. Attracting huge audiences, they could last for weeks, with competitors stopping for only 10 minutes every 2 hours to change their clothes or sleep, and eating while they danced. 10 dancers, two actors and a six-piece jazz ensemble bring this drama to life to a soundtrack of songs from the 1930s, performed by soprano Nadine Livingston. Directed by Company Chordelia Artistic Director Kally Lloyd-Jones and David Higham leads the band.

 

CREATED & DIRECTED by  Kally Lloyd-Jones
CHOREOGRAPHED by Kally Lloyd-Jones in collaboration with the cast
MUSIC DIRECTOR 2014 TOUR David Higham
ORIGINAL MUSIC DIRECTOR & ARRANGEMENTS by Kennedy Aitchison
DESIGNER Janis Hart
LIGHTING DESIGN 2014 TOUR Laura Hawkins
ORIGINAL LIGHTING 2013 Grahame Gardner
STAGE MANAGERS:  Susan Scott, Gillian Richards

 

CAST
Anna Fontaine (singer):  Nadine Livingston
Hal Johnson (MC):  Harry Ward
Nurse Martha: Nicole Owens

 

DANCERS 2014 Tour
Molly:     Katie Armstrong
Allan:     Peter Baldwin
Joe:     Brian Bremner
Bill:     Darren Brownlie
Rose:     Beverly Grant
Eleanor:     Tara Hodgson
Muriel-Jane:     Steinvor Palsson
Mary:    Kally Lloyd-Jones (original cast Kirsty Pollock)
Arlen:     Michael Sherin
Eugene:     Vince Virr (original cast Jack Webb)

 

Jazz ensemble led by DAVID HIGHAM

MUSICIANS: Brian Shiels, John Goldie, John Burgess, Tom MacNiven, James Gorman

PRESS

 

“The Company Chordelia cast are truly remarkable“

* * * * * The Herald

 

“a beautifully wrought landscape of public humiliations and private griefs that reach beyond our entertainment to a cruel reality that is maybe not so bygone as we would like to think”
“acting and dancing with a fierce integrity that truly honours those long ago contenders”
* * * * * The Herald

 

“It’s a testament to both the dancers, and choreographer Kally Lloyd Jones, that we believe in the contestants’ exhaustion as they dance round and round the stage endlessly – yet never tire of it ourselves.”
* * * * The Scotsman

 

“an intelligent, touching show”
* * * * The Independent

Photo by Colin Hattersley
Photo by Colin Hattersley

Photo by Colin Hattersley
Photo by Colin Hattersley

Photo by Colin Hattersley
Photo by Colin Hattersley

Photo by Colin Hattersley
Photo by Colin Hattersley

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