This powerful and hugely energetic dance theatre production opened to critical acclaim during Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 and now comes to Eden Court, for one night only.
The dance marathons of Depression-era America, with strict rules, extreme conditions and ferocious competition, were the reality shows of their day. Attracting huge audiences they could last for weeks on end, with competitors stopping for only ten minutes every two hours to sleep or wash.
Ten dancers, two actors and a six-piece jazz ensemble bring this drama to life to a soundtrack of songs from the 1930s, performed by soprano Nadine Livingston.
Company Chordelia Artistic Director Kally Lloyd-Jones directs and choreographs.
Company Chordelia's production of Dance Derby tells the story of the Dance Marathons of 1930's depression America. We have used social dances from that era as a basis for the choreography, to a soundtrack of original hit songs. Dancers from the company will share the dances and the music with workshop participants and give an insight into how those dances became part of the show. Aimed at 60 + but anyone welcome! Book for the workshop here.
All performances have been completed