Best known in the UK for her productions for Rambert, Northern Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, international dance artist Didy Veldman launched her own company Umanoove in 2016. Umanoove became Humanoove in 2020. The Happiness Project in 2016/17 (reprised last summer for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival) and The Knot in 2018 have both toured widely in the UK and internationally.
Didy’s next company work @Home will premiere in September 2021 prior to a UK tour. @Home looks at feelings around identity, relationships and social tension against the unique backdrop of the COVID19 lockdown. With an interactive set by design collaborator Joana Dias, Humanoove’s dancers fluidly move to create the sense of different rooms, zones and places in a home. With continued social distancing at venues a possibility, a staged version with the audience seated is offered alongside an alternative site-specific version with the audience promenading.
Press for The Happiness Project:
“You don’t want it to end, you want to hold on to it, put it in a box labelled “mine – hands off!” Mary Brennan, Glasgow Herald *****
“The Happiness Project is terrifically enjoyable and, marking the long-awaited launch of Veldman’s own company, it promises even better things to come.” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian ****
Press for The Knot:
“Seven exceptional dancers … joyously inhabit Veldman’s rigorous, classically inflected vocabulary” Luke Jennings, Observer ****
“Veldman simply bowls you over with the flood of ideas and sheer inventiveness of the choreography” David Mead, Seeing Dance
“Her dance language has that much desired – and rarely realised – balance of flow and image.”Matthew Paluch, Culture Whisper *****