“Intellectually curious, funny and rude, possessed of chameleon stage talents and a taste for risk”. Judith Mackrell, Guardian
“Endearing, intelligent and enterprising” Jann Parry, DanceTabs
“It’s great to see these performers with their feisty, feminist agenda owning the stage, rather than decorating it”. Josephine Leask, londondance.com
Following its launch at Lillian Baylis Theatre in November, Nora, the company founded by Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, is on tour this season:
3 February Coventry University Nora Invites
12 February The Point, Eastleigh BLOODY NORA! and Eleanor and Flora Music
23 February Brighton Dome Nora Invites
27 February The ShowRoom, Chichester Nora Invites
9 March Bonnie Bird Theatre, Trinity Laban, London Nora Invites
19 March Zinc Arts, Chipping Ongar Nora Invites
1 April Jerwood DanceHouse, DanceEast, Ipswich Nora Invites
22 April Kaaistudios, Brussels Eleanor and Flora Music
Flora and Eleanor’s mission, as commissioners and dancers, is to invite dance makers to create work for them to perform. In their first collaborative endeavour Nora Invites they perform an evening of new works by acclaimed duo Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, renowned French choreographer Simon Tanguy and the self-styled grand dame of un-disciplined dance Liz Aggiss.
With Burrows and Fargion Nora have retranslated the Morton Feldman’s score for their iconic piece Both Sitting Duet as a standing performance Eleanor And Flora Music, building silent music from a gestural landscape of touch.
Next up is Digging, by Simon Tanguy, an intimate portrait of the two women and their political world, using movement and text.
By contrast BLOODY NORA! is a hilarious detour in which Liz Aggiss conjured a duet from contrasting historical sources such as the British Music Hall tradition and German Expressionist dance.
Nora Invites is available to tour later in 2016. Click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.