This spring, Manchester-based dance company Company Chameleon will tour, The Shadow, choreographed by co-artistic director, Anthony Missen, to theaters across the UK before returning home for a run in their newly renovated studio – dates to be added to the Tour soon.
Anthony Missen said: “The past two years have been tough for the industry – along with so many others, our touring schedule has been decimated. I’m delighted to see things starting to move again, and especially that we’re in able to get that job out there again. The Shadow is an incredibly powerful show, one that I’m very proud of, and one that I’ll be happy to share with the public.
Since its inception in 2008, the Chameleon Company has earned a reputation for creating socially relevant dance theater that explores everyday human issues. The themes of their work include mental health, masculinity and relationships.
In The Shadow, Company Chameleon explores the hidden parts of the unconscious and the dark side of our personalities.
Choreographer Anthony Missen says, “The shadow is there in everyone, but we only see it when the light shines in a particular way.
Psychoanalyst Carl Jung identifies the shadow as the unknown or unconscious dark side of our personality. Most of the time we don’t see it at all, or recognize it, but it’s still there if you look closely enough.
Everyone has masks that they wear publicly that may or may not reflect what’s going on in private. We all prefer to show our best face. We usually don’t share things that embarrass us, nor readily share comments and opinions that might offend.
It is said that we all have three faces: our public face; the face we show to our friends and family; and the face that no one sees. It’s the latter that’s supposed to be our truest likeness, and that’s what The Shadow explores.”
Highly athletic and physically impressive to watch, The Shadow encompasses a rich mix of dance styles and an innovative, fresh, meaningful movement language.
In the choreography of The Shadow, Anthony’s method was to take a collaborative approach with the dancers. To create an honest and authentic performance, he worked closely with the actors to help them understand their own shadows and shape the movement.
Anthony explains: “Audiences recognize honesty, so honesty has to be found. I find the most meaningful performances are those where the audience can empathize with the performers and feel what they are feeling.
There has to be authenticity in the performances, and that means the dancers reveal real parts of themselves in the roles they play.”
The incredibly talented cast includes company dancers Alice Bonazzi and David Colley, the formidable Lee Clayden, Gustavo Oliveira and Reece Denham, as well as rising stars Kadafi Mulula and Alice Marriot, who work with Chameleon as part of the apprenticeship from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. scheme.
Supporting the company’s ongoing commitment to developing emerging dance talent, the shadows will be performed by dance alumni and students from various universities during the production tours, including Edge Hill University, The Place and from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
The Chameleon company is supported by Arts Council England, Manchester City Council and GMCA.
Thu Feb 10, 7:30 p.m.
The Square, London
Tickets £17, conceded £13
020 7121 1100 | theplace.org
Thu Feb 24, 7:30 p.m.
The Center for the Arts, Edge Hill University
Tickets £10, conc £8, EHU students free
01695 584480 | edgehill.ac.uk/artscentre
Sat., May 14, 7:30 p.m.
Riley Theater – NSCD, Leeds
Tickets £15, £10 conc
0113 219 3000 | rileytheatre.com
Thu, May 26, 7:30 p.m.
The Civic Barnsley
Tickets £15.50, conc £13.50, student/child £9.50
01226 327000 | barnsleycivic.co.uk
Dates will be announced soon
Chameleon Studios, Openshaw, Manchester
Tickets £10, £8 conceded
0161 223 6280 | businesschameleon.com