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

Jasmine Schaeffer

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Company Chordelia is a company limited by guarantee and without a share capital under company no. SC277111

Company Chordelia is a Scottish Charity under Scottish Charity No. SCO36144

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Photo by Colin Hattersley