To Be Me

Julie Cunningham & Company


Trained at the Rambert School, the award-winning dancer Julie Cunningham spent the bulk of her professional career working with Merce Cunningham in New York before returning to Britain to join the Michael Clark Company. In September 2016, after becoming the first recipient of the Leverhulme Choreography Fellowship, Cunningham set up her own company with the aim of finding new movement vocabularies that strip away mannerism and pretense, and make no distinction between the sexes of the performers.

Set to the poetry of the acclaimed spoken word artist and rapper Kate Tempest, To Be Me explores the themes of gender, identity and the changing body. Based on the Greek myth of Tiresias - the blind prophet, born a man and transformed into a woman by the gods, Hera and Zeus - Tempest’s verse becomes the intricate accompaniment to a striking and uncompromising choreographic work exemplifying Cunningham’s and her dancers’ extraordinary technical ability.

In the press

"The dance remains a passionate and powerful embodiment of the juddering emotion, cresting heroism and charismatic music of Tempest’s voice” The Guardian

"An intimate, intriguing show from a choreographer who's definitely one to watch” Evening Standard

Production details

  • Choreographer

    Julie Cunningham
  • Designer

    Lighting design - Richard Godin, Costume Design - Stevie Stewart/Julie Cunningham
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    No freight necessary
  • Touring Availability

    From October 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    7m x 7m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element),
    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

  • Production dates

    23-27 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    30 MINS
  • Audience capacity



  • Email
  • Contact for touring

    Carolina Courbis

  • Contact at showcase

    Julie Cunningham


Post show talks and workshops as well as class for professional and non-professional dancers are all available.