Dancing Letters

  • Dancing Letters. Photography by Richard Lakos, 2017
  • Dancing Letters. Photography by Richard Lakos, 2017
  • Dancing Letters. Photography by Richard Lakos, 2017
  • Dancing Letters. Photography by Richard Lakos, 2017
  • Dancing Letters in rehearsals. Photography by Richard Lakos, 2017
  • Dancing Letters in rehearsals. Photography by Richard Lakos, 2017
  • Dancing Letters in rehearsals. Photography by Richard Lakos, 2017

Candoco Artists Kimberley Harvey and Adam Gain worked with participants aged 13 – 25 to explore the rich world of dance and letters to create a new work that examined different forms of expression, both written and physical.

Taking inspiration from letters old and new, the group created a piece that was performed at the finale of Islington’s Word Festival 2017, Word Up.

Choreographer, Kimberley Harvey, spoke to Islington Life magazine about her inspiration behind this unique project:

I was ... fascinated with the idea that when you write letters the communication is very different to other ways of communicating, such as by email or chatting to someone face to face. I realised that when I was younger there were some things I couldn’t say, so I wrote them down instead.”


Read the full interview.


Project participant, Ashley Crawford, provided this insightful blog into the creative process of making the work:

I was amazed by how uniquely the dancers interpreted chosen words. Even simple words such as “hello” or “excited” resulted in completely different choreography from each dancer.

Read the full blog.