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Award-winning choreographer, former Rambert dancer and DanceEast Choreographic Development Fund Recipient Didy Veldman has developed an excellent reputation for her expressive, thoughtful, dynamic work for a wide range of dance companies including Scapino Ballet in Amsterdam, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève and Rambert.

She has recently formed UMANOOVE, her own company, to develop and perform her latest work, The Happiness Project, which premieres at DanceEast on Friday 4th November before touring.

“We are all interested in being happy” says Didy, “and The Happiness Project examines the idea of happiness as something we strive for, as something fleeting, something that can be very elusive or even absent.”

This physical, theatrical work is made in collaboration with four highly acclaimed independent dancers: Dance Hurst, Mathieu Geffré, Hannah Kidd, Estela Merlos. Music is by the celebrated composer and violinist Alexander Balanescu who will play live onstage and whose music Didy has used frequently over the years.

“My aim is to find a common language between the movement, drama and the music on stage in my investigation of western society’s endless search for fulfilment.” Says Didy Veldman.

Didy is a keen collaborator and will be working once again with designer Kimie Nakano/Rambert ‘The Three Dancers’; Les Grands Ballets Canadiens ‘The Little Prince’; Luzerner Theater ‘4 Seasons’ and Lithuanian National Ballet ‘Carmen’ chor: Didy Veldman.  Kimie studied in Tokyo, Paris and London and has worked with Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, ENB, Sylvie Guillem and many more. 

UMANOOVE will be at DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, on Friday 4th November. To book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295230 or visit www.danceeast.co.uk.

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