Nora at DanceEast

After two sold-out world premiere performances at Sadler’s Wells, DanceEast welcomes Nora to Ipswich on Friday 1st April to present their first collaborative endeavour, Nora invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy.

Outspoken dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley, AKA Nora, will bring to the stage a bold, hysterical and sublime programme of new duets made especially for them by respected dance makers Liz Aggiss, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, and Simon Tanguy. These renowned choreographers have worked in the studio with the two women to physically and intellectually enter a whole new world of performance.

“It’s great to see these performers with their feisty, feminist agenda owning the stage, rather than decorating it” – LONDONDANCE

Liz Aggiss has conceived BLOODY NORA!, a story of competitiveness and hormonal imbalance where cheap tricks are cracking laughs, and a Bach is worse than a bite. Affectionately known as ‘the grand dame of anarchic dance’, Aggiss is a Brighton-based performer, choreographer and dance filmmaker who has been presenting her work nationally and internationally since 1980.

Burrows and Fargion’s piece, entitled Eleanor and Flora Music, is a brand new translation of composer Morton Feldman’s For John Cage, the source of their iconic Both Sitting Duet (2002).

“What [Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion] are brilliant at is turning the eccentricities of their shared creative world into irresistible theatre… It’s all wildly, unclassifiably bonkers”  – The Guardian

Tanguy has worked with Nora to develop Digging, a complex score of movement and text, creating a unique and intricate portrait of the two women and the political world they live in. Trained in clowning, burlesque, buffoonery and grotesque at the Samovar School in Paris, alongside choreography at the School of New Dance Development in Amsterdam, Tanguy’s eclectic background also extends to street circus, judo and philosophy.

”Endearing, intelligent and enterprising” – DANCE TABS

DanceEast has had a continued relationship with NORA ever since Flora, who grew up just outside of Ipswich, kick started her dancing career at DanceEast’s Creative Dance classes at the age of 11. Flora later joined Splinters, led by Caroline Mummery (now Suffolk Youth Dance Company), and was also part of the Suffolk Ballet Scholarship scheme. Since then both women have frequently been involved with DanceEast, including organising an improvisational performance for the opening of the Jerwood DanceHouse in 2009, performing with EDge performance company in 2010, participating in a residency in November 2013 which became the springboard for the coming together of Nora and developing and researching this very work in the studios at DanceEast.

DanceEast is thrilled to have Nora return to present this work created in the Jerwood DanceHouse, catch them on Friday 1 April for an evening of contemporary dance like no other!

Nora Invites is commissioned by Sadler’s Well Trust and DanceEast. Co-commissioned by South East Dance.
Nora is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by The Nightingale, Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, Dance4, Roehampton University, Leeds Beckett University, Institut Francais du Royaume-Uni and Chisenhale Dance Space.
Nora’s tour dates in the south east are co-produced by South East Dance.