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
DesignerLighting design - Richard Godin, Costume Design - Stevie Stewart/Julie Cunningham
Number of people on stage4
Number of people in touring company5/6
FreightNo freight necessary
Touring AvailabilityFrom October 2017
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space7m x 7m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element),
Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
Also contains:Strong Language
Production dates23-27 AUGUST
Contact for touring
Contact at showcase
Post show talks and workshops as well as class for professional and non-professional dancers are all available.