Candoco double bill opens in Bristol

THE inclusive dance company Candoco brings its latest show,  a double bill of Theo Clinkard’s Hot Mess and Yasmeen Godder’s Face In, to Bristol Old Vic on 25th and 26th February before its London performances.

Hot Mess, a collaboration between internationally renowned choreographer and designer Clinkard and Joe Newman of Mercury Prize winning band alt-J, is an unpredictable and anarchic performance set to a pounding, eclectic score. Mean­while, Godder’s Face In, first seen at Sadler’s Wells in 2018, presents arresting images interwoven with daring and uninhibited dance.

The double bill follows Candoco’s global success as the first contemporary dance company to perform on Strictly Come Dancing in November 2018.

Candoco bridges the mainstream and the experimental, creating distinctive performances and far-reaching learning experiences. The company celebrates different ways of seeing, of being and of making art, putting it at the forefront of conversations around dance and disability.

Founded in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker-Arnold CBE and Adam Benjamin, Candoco collaborates with choreographers and artists to create performance work that is presented at prestigious venues and festivals in the UK and internationally.  In 2019 the company also ran an intensive two-week residential dance training  course for young disabled and non-disabled dancers, supported by ASOS.

The new production, which is suitable for audiences aged 12 and older, runs for approximately one hour plus an interval. The cast is Megan Armishaw, Joel Brown, Mickaella Dantas, Olivia Edginton, Laura Patay, Toke Broni Strandby and Nicolas Vendange

Performances at Bristol start at 7.30pm. For more details, telephone 0117 987 7877 or visit the website,

Photograph by Hugo Glendinning