Tea with Flo and Dan

Candoco Dance Company, February 21st, 2018
Flo meets Dan over a very special cuppa.

After another intense week which included assisting on the shoot of our new film, I am back to introduce you to one of the lovely performers involved in this project, Dan Daw! You might also have come across Dan's name and face back in his days as a Candoco company dancer!

Q1: How do you like your tea?

A: White with one.

Q2: What is the most stressful task you have had to do in your job recently?

A: Keeping track of dates. It’s been a jigsaw puzzle of late trying to make everything fit. Stressful, but also very exciting!

Q3: What is the most satisfying thing you have had to do in the two weeks/recently?

A: I’ve had the pleasure of working within the Candoco fold again on The Space film ‘Unspoken / Spoken’ choreographed by Fin Walker. It was an absolute joy to work with such an awesome crew and to finally have the opportunity to collaborate with Fin.

Q4: Savoury or sweet?

A: Both.

Q5: How long have you been doing your job?

A: I’ve been performing for 21 years, starting in youth theatre in Whyalla, which is in regional South Australia. My first paid gig was tutoring at Magill Detention Centre with Restless Dance Theatre in Adelaide 15 years ago. -What a journey!

Q6: What is your favourite colour?

A: I like wearing green.

Q7: If you could try out an office role at Candoco, which one would you choose?

A: Hmmm… I’ll get back to you on that one.

Q8: Television or Books?

A: I’m going to break the rules here and say box sets. I wish it were books, but I need it to be dead silent when I read and that opportunity doesn’t come around very often. It’s a shame really, because I used to read a lot.

Q9: 17 words explaining what you do and what is takes to do it

A: Performer straddling (the) divide between theatre (and) dance, working with artists from various disciplines (to) interrogate my body’s deviating aesthetic.

Q10: If you could be any other dancer in any work ever done by Candoco, who would you be and in which piece?

A: Any one of the performers in The Show Must Go On.

Q11: What is your favourite season?

A: Summer. -I think we’re all looking forward to warmer weather especially since the weather has been a bit miserable recently!

Q12: What did you enjoy doing the most in the last week?

A: Seeing Wuppertal Tanzteater perform ‘Viktor’ at Sadler’s Wells last Friday night.

Q13: What are three things people remember you for?


1)I ran into an old primary school friend years ago and she said, “You know, I’ve always remembered you, because you always stood up for yourself and never let anybody give you any s**t”.

2)The solo I danced in Wendy Houstoun’s ‘Imperfect Storm’ for Candoco comes up in conversation often enough to say it might have stayed with people.

3)My dear friend Sindri after a year of not seeing one another said, “I knew it was you, because of the sound of your feet on the ground”. -It’s amazing to see how special we all are.

Q14: Christmas or your birthday?

A: Christmas I would say. As a child I never quite understood why I had to make and bring a birthday cake to my own birthday party. It makes me cringe a little when the celebration is initiated by the person whose birthday it is. There’s something interesting around social expectation, but I do think it’s a lovely thing when somebody remembers and I’m invited out by them to celebrate for my birthday.

Q15: Dancing at the ball or dancing the night away?

A: Dancing the night away, but I can’t remember the last time I did that. Properly.

Q16: Who do you work with the most at the moment?

A: The person I’m working most with at the moment is my wonderful producer. We’re in contact almost daily. There are plenty of things in the pipeline we’re working on together and I look forward to being able to elaborate on this very soon. Watch this space!

Q17: Can you speak any other languages?

A: Yes – Australian and Japanese, although my Japanese is a little rusty. -It still is very impressive!

Well, that's it for this time. Thank you so much for your time Dan, see you soon!

Flo x