A NIGHT WITH THICK & TIGHT

Presented at 

LILIAN BAYLIS STUDIO, SADLER'S WELLS 

as part of the 

London International Mime Festival

17th-19th January 2019

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A Night with Thick & Tight 

This rapturous triple bill from founder-artistic directors Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry brings famous faces to life to reveal the yearnings and imperfections of human nature. Queen Victoria & Miss Havisham mourn their losses in a monstrous modernist ballet, Queen Have & Miss Haven’t; Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana are dogged by fame and beauty in The Princess & the Showgirl and dancer Julie Cunningham (ex-Michael Clark and Merce Cunningham companies) becomes artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore in Thick & Tight's new solo, Radical Daughters.

With thanks to our supporters: Arts Council England, South East Dance, Dance West, The Place and Corali Dance Company.

A NIGHT WITH THICK & TIGHT was presented in 2018 at the Brighton Fringe, winning 2 awards:

The Space to Dance Award from South East Dance and the Brighton Fringe International Touring Bursary in association with The Pebble Trust.

PRESS

"Original, inspired and fantastically talented" Total Theatre

"F’ing excellent, Like watching Nureyev and the Divine David on mushrooms! Book now, like NOW" G Scene

"Cultured magpies" Exeunt Magazine

"I love it... I’m literally craning my neck to get closer to the stage" British Theatre Guide

"A subversive delight" ***** The Stage

"No-one makes work anything like this" - BachTrack

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THE TRIPLE BILL INCLUDES:

QUEEN HAVE & MISS HAVEN'T

Two dancers, one in white and one in black in a black and white photograph pulling funny and scary faces. They are in the same pose with their right hand near to their shoulder and left hooked low.

The ultimate widow and the eternal bride fester in a landscape of vengeful misery; bitter antagonists united in grief. A monstrous modernist ballet set to Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony.

Queen Victoria: Eleanor Perry

Miss Havisham: Daniel Hay-Gordon

Costumes: Tim Spooner, working with underskirts by Yolanda Sonnabend. Crown by Sheila Hay.

Make-up & wig: Darren Evans

Music: Olivier Messiaen, Bernard Parmegiani, Scott Walker, Walker Brothers, Leonard Cohen, Martita Hunt as Miss Havisham, Fats Waller & Basil Kirchin

Originally commissioned by DanceWest's Ignition Dance Festival 2017

Two dancers, in huge bell shaped dresses, one in a white dress and one in black in a black dress both stood in the same position. Their left arm reaches straight out beyond their shoulders with their graze reaching beyond their left hand. Their right arm is bent sharply behind their heads.

RADICAL DAUGHTERS

A dancer in an orange light wearing light coloured top and trousers with black bands around elbows and ankles is mid moving. They are leaning out to their side as if being blown about in the wind.

In this solo choreographed by Thick & Tight, Julie Cunningham embodies the work and lives of these subversive artists, step-sisters and lovers who were sentenced to death for Nazi resistance, but survived.

Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore: Julie Cunningham

Costume: Tim Spooner

Music: Neu!

With thanks to EdgeFWD at Edge Hill University

Just the head and torso of a single dancer is seen within a backdrop of black. Their torso from below the shoulders in draped in a crumpled silver material. There are six hands surrounding them and seemingly coming out of them. There eyes are closed as if sleeping.

THE PRINCESS & THE SHOWGIRL

One woman stands looking angrily at a line of five people in different outsides (suits, dresses, hats etc.). The person closest to her has their arms on their neighbour’s shoulder whose hands are clasped which is replicated by the other three behind him.
Two dancers in black dresses intertwined and looking upward. Behind them is a large distressed wall and they are on a blue lit floor.

Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana, dogged by fame and beauty, are bound together by their mysterious deaths and find solace in one another.

Marilyn Monroe: Daniel Hay-Gordon

Princess Diana: Eleanor Perry

with

Prince Charles/Michael Jackson: Harry Alexander

Camilla Parker-Bowles: Claudia Palazzo

Athur Miller: Josh Spear

Tony Curtis: Thom Shaw

Costumes: Thick & Tight

Music: Messiaen, Terry Riley, Jule Styne and Leo Robin, Duran Duran, Brian Eno & David Byrne, Marilyn Monroe, The Velvet Underground

Originally commission by Wilton's Strike! Festival 2016

With thanks to: Gary Clarke, Patience Tomlinson, Sheila Hay, Dickie Beau, Lou Cope, Patricia Langa, Julie Cunningham, Claudia Palazzo, Duckie, Owen Ridley-DeMonick, Donald Hutera, Trinity Laban, Wilton’s Music Hall, The Marlborough Theatre, Ugly Duck, The Royal Hippodrome Eastbourne, Steyning Festival, Impermanence Dance Theatre, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Carl Harrison, Helen Lovett Johnson, John Matherson, Bar Wotever, Annabel Dunbar, Jan Winter, Justin Hunt, John Highfield, Maliphant Studios, BalletBoyz Studios, Darren Evans, Ruth Holdsworth, Daniel Thomas & Daryl Percival.