“intellectually curious, funny and rude, possessed of chameleon stage talents and a taste for risk”. Judith Mackrell, Guardian
Nora is the latest in a distinguished line of UK dance projects in which dancers take the lead. Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley have come together as Nora to curate, commission and dance, inviting choreographers 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 composer Morton Feldman’s score for their iconic piece from 2002 Both Sitting Duet. This new piece, entitled Eleanor And Flora Music, reimagines the earlier work as a standing performance, building silent music from a gestural landscape.
Next up is Digging by Simon Tanguy, a complex improvisation combining movement and text which forms an intimate portrait of the two women and the political world in which they live. By contrast BLOODY NORA! is a hilarious detour into a wild and esoteric world in which Liz Aggiss conjures a duet from historical sources as disparate as the British Music Hall tradition of Max Wall and German Expressionist dance. As performers, Eleanor and Flora are compelling to watch, not only for their technical assurance with a broad range of dance practices, but for their deep connection on stage.
Nora Invites Promoters pack One minute video trailer Introduction to Nora (6 minutes)
Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells Trust and DanceEast.Co-commissioned by South East Dance.
Supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Funding, The Nightingale, Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, Dance4, Roehampton University, Leeds Beckett University, Institut Français and Chisenhale Dance Space.
The Monument Trust supports co-productions and new commission at Sadler’s Wells.