In the London debut performance of Compagnie TDU, created with DV8 performer Vivien Wood and L.A based writer/performer Anthony Nikolchev, four performers examine the dual realities of what we express and what we suppress through two versions of the same couple: one that embraces life’s challenges, the other that lets chances slip by. As the couple struggle to salvage a sense of meaning, the production’s physical exploration of things unsaid leaves us with the universal question, ‘If not now, when?’.
In a digital age with ever increasing means of contacting and socialising without meeting or speaking, All the Things… engages the importance of human contact. Originally commissioned by Dance City and following a successful premier in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, All the Things… has been seen in Switzerland, Slovakia and India.
Speaking about the two couples, Anthony Nikolchev says, “One version lives the reality of a missed chance, a missed communication, an unwanted grudge held over nothing. The other? Physically, verbally, feverishly trying what their former versions don’t – that is embracing the fantastic challenge of sharing a life.”
Anthony Nikolchev is a performer and writer from California. He won the award for Best Actor two years in a row at the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York, on both occasions performing a show he had written himself. As a performer, he was last seen in London in Wilderness theatre company’s immersive site specific show The Day Shall Declare It in January 2014.
Vivien Wood trained at The Royal Ballet School before moving into contemporary dance. During a distinguished career she has since performed with The Michael Clark Company and with DV8. Wood first collaborated with Nikolchev on her 2013 performance of Exile, which toured the Northeast of the UK and explored similar themes of human relationships and communication.
Compagnie TDU is an international performance collective founded in 2008 by Zuzana Kakalíková and Guillaumarc Froidevaux to create work in film and the plastic arts. Since then, they have performed in Switzerland, Poland and Slovakia, often working with artists from different disciplines and areas of practise.
The four performers of All The Things… met in residence with the Studio Matejka Physical Theatre, working for three years together at the Grotowski Institute, in Wroclaw, Poland.
Collaborating Artist Vivien Wood Written by Anthony Nikolchev
Music composed by Guillaumarc Froidevaux and Bradley Creswick
Lighting Design by Nathan Reynard
Performed by: Guillaumarc Froidevaux, Gema Galiana, Zuzana Kakalíkova, Anthony Nikolchev
Ovalhouse, 52-54, Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
17 – 28 March, Tuesday-Saturday 7.30pm, Sunday 22 March 5pm
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval) | Suitable for ages 12+
£10 £6 concessions
Telephone: 020 7582 7680
Tuesday 27th January 2015