Nigel Charnock
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Nigel Charnock

Nigel Charnock a founder member of DV8, founded his own company – Nigel Charnock & Company in 1995. Renowned as a maverick and totally captivating performer with a string of internationally renowned solo shows to his name, Nigel ruptures the boundaries of performance, continually exploring and developing dance as a genre through working across different disciplines and media. In 2002 Nigel was appointed Artistic Director of Helsinki Dance Company.

His week long course for directors focused on the creation of new contemporary physical theatre work exploring such universal themes as love, sex and death with a passionate sense of the now. Nigel creates an open, free, yet challenging space where people are stimulted and inspired to free their own creative energies. Anything and everything can happen. Participants had to be prepared to work physically and embrace a sense of fearless abandonment. This week aimed to help directors working with movement and narrative theatre to structure ideas and create strong visually-based theatre.

“Charnock skillfully mixes the means of music, drama, and physical theatre into a wildly effervescent dance-cocktail sparkling with intelligence. To enjoy it you need freedom from prejudice, as well as love, and humour. Deadly serious people need not bother."

Aamulehti 12.1.2002