The Cholmondeleys is one of the UK’s foremost dance companies, led for over twenty five years by award-winning choreographer Lea Anderson. She created over seventy works for the company and its companion troupe The Featherstonehaughs during this time, including the films Flesh and Blood and Cross Channel which have been set pieces for GCSE and A Level dance. In 2002, Lea was awarded an MBE for her prolific contribution to the UK dance scene.
In autumn 2017, after a six year absence from the UK touring circuit, The Cholmondeleys is to remount Lea Anderson’s critically acclaimed music-hall-inspired Ladies and Gentlemen, a witty and absorbing visual spectacle in which choreography, music (Steve Blake) and design (Tim Spooner) conjure the all but forgotten stage show of six has-been performers. Besieged by ever shifting, inscrutable and enigmatic props, Man, Woman, the Twins, Pet and the Other One present misremembered routines and hazily recollected punch-lines in a complex and tightly knit choreography of objects accompanied by sound and music they perform themselves. The result is an eccentric, surreal and often hilarious theatrical experience where regret and failure meet.
“a delightfully surreal theatrical gem” Guardian
“the whole experience is both intriguing and uplifting from beginning to end.” Dance Tabs
“Lea Anderson is a one-off, in a league of her own … Take your inner child with you and you’ll love it.” Theatre Guide
23 & 24 September Festival of Thrift Kirkleatham, Redcar (Free outdoor performances)
28-30 September Chapter Cardiff
9 October Mumford Theatre Cambridge
11 October Jersey Opera House
18 October Theatre Royal Winchester
19 October Bath Spa Live
21 October De Montford University Leicester
23 October Exeter Phoenix
27 October Greenwich Dance