Didy Veldman’s Umanoove will return to DanceEast with the premiere of The Knot at the Jerwood DanceHouse on Friday 9th February following its sell-out production The Happiness Project in 2016. The highly anticipated performance will examine the social and personal concept of marriage in Western society.
This unique production invites the audience to form a wedding party as the performers take on the roles of the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids, exploring familiar scenes of tying the knot. The role of ritual, religion, gender and doubt will be scrutinised alongside romanticised notions of Walt Disney, challenging our notions of matrimony.
With the exploration of the authenticity of vows, the formidable wedding speeches and photography, The Knot uniquely examines what a wedding means and how it feels.
Choreographer Didy Veldman was a recipient of DanceEast’s Choreographic Development Award and was selected for the 8th Rural Retreat for future leaders in dance at DanceEast. Veldman launched her company in 2016 with The Happiness Project at DanceEast and has an extensive portfolio of work, including commissions by Rambert, Northern Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre.
The Knot will be performed by seven exceptional performers handpicked by Veldman to interpret her extremely physical and theatrical movement style. Among the highly skilled dancers is Dane Hurst, who returns to the company after featuring in The Happiness Project and has performed as a member of Rambert. In 2014 Hurst was awarded the Best Male Dancer Award by the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, UK. Also returning to the company is Mathieu Geffré who has performed with Dansgroep Amsterdam and National Dance Company Wales.
The Knot was commissioned by DanceEast, with support from Studio Wayne McGregor and funds from The Linbury Trust, The Master Charitable Trust – The Marina Kleinwort Trust, Beth Krasna and an anonymous donor.
To book tickets visit www.danceeast.co.uk or telephone the Box Office on 01473 295230.