CanDoCo Dance Company per Accessibile è meglio
Il direttore artistico Pedro Machado con i ballerini Tanja Erhart, Laura Patay e Rick Rodgers, della Compagnia di danza per danzatori abili e disabili CanDoCo, testimoni di accessibillità per disMappa al termine della loro splendida esibizione esibizione al Festival Oriente Occidente.
Pedro was born in France, brought up in Brazil and educated in England. After completing a BA (Hons.) in Dance Studies at the Laban Centre Pedro joined Candoco where he remained for nine years performing and teaching. He has directed two short films for the company as part of the educational project ‘Spaces Between’ at the South Bank Centre. In April 2007 he was appointed, together with Stine Nilsen, to take over from founding Artistic Director Celeste Dandeker. Besides Candoco, Pedro worked for Rosemary Butcher, Melanie Clarke, Physical Recall and Carol Brown. Pedro has participated in research projects with Fin Walker, took part in the Siobhan Davies Dance Company’s Bank Project and in the Dance edition of the Performing Arts Lab, directed by Emilyn Claid. In 2006, in collaboration with Nik Haffner, Pedro created Fools and Kings in and around Greenwich Dance Agency. This short film was previewed at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, GDA and at Festivals at Lisbon, Portugal and Turin, Italy. His next project will be My Desert, a short film with dancer Catherine Bennett and filmmaker Lucy Cash.
Tanja was born and grew up in Tyrol / Austria.
At the age of 6 Tanja’s left leg was amputated because of a medical condition. Since then Tanja explores the world and the possibilities in dance with her various bodies … her one or her three legs, her crutches and her wheelchair.
In Vienna Tanja danced with A.D.A.M (Austrian Dance Ability Movement) and danse brute. She has trained with Adam Benjamin, Alito Alessi, Wolfgang Stange, Sonja Browne, Vera Rebl, Fabiana Pastorini and with Candoco in the UK and AXIS Dance Company in the USA, with whom she has been an apprentice for half a year in 2013 funded by a dance scholarship for abroad of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, The Arts and Culture – BMUKK.
In 2012 Tanja graduated as a cultural and social anthropologist in Vienna. Specializing in dance, performance and disability studies, she acquired the skills to reflect, think critically, and grasp connections between scientific theory and the praxis of dancing. She moved to London in 2014 to work with Candoco.
Patay grew up in France. She trained at the Lyon Conservatory and at the EPSE Danse School in Montpellier, where she studied contemporary, classical and jazz dance.Then, she discovered hip-hop dance whist working with the Vendetta Matthea school in Aurillac, and she studied dance education to become a dance teacher. She performed in the creations: E-moi Climats alongside Isabelle Sissmann-Missal and Murielle Bellin. She has also performed in a number of video works including a film for the Des Arts // des Cinés festival, a music video for Barrio Populo and the dance film Lost in the dust. In 2013 she worked with Nieke Swennen for the European Integrance project (in collaboration with Micadanses, Stopgap, Platform-K and Indepen-dance 4).In 2014 she performed in Just a Dancer with Thomas Noone.
Rick studied at The London School of Physical Theatre in 2006 under the direction of Ron East. He went on to work as a scare actor and queue line entertainer as well as teaching and performing as a competitive cheerleader.
Rick uses a wheelchair following a workplace accident in 2009 and, after a period adjustment, reinvented cheerleading partner stunt work so it could be done by wheelchair users. He has since performed at several National cheerleading competitions in the UK, European championships in France and twice at the World’s competitions in Florida, USA. He has performed in street arts festivals as an acrobat, having developed his own methods of wheelchair acrobatics, and is a founding member of the Waifs and Strays Circus Company with which he performed an acrobatics duet at the Inside Out Festival at the National Theatre.
Rick was also an aerial performer in the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. He officially began dancing early in 2012 after attending a workshop with StopGap Dance Company.
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