Parallel Lines

Parallel Lines by Marc Brew, Photography by Pedro Machado 2011

Marc Brew’s concept for Parallel Lines came from the lines that link – or divide – people and countries. This is best represented by the commissioned set, which creates lines dividing the space and by the movement material, which is formal and linear. Influenced by his experience as a dancer using a wheelchair, Marc is interested in movement that is fragmented and irregular and searches in his choreography for how limitations create movement possibilities. He worked closely with the dancers to create a series of solos, duets and trios, which gradually build the piece.

Marc has used a beautiful and emotive strings score, which drives the work forward with grace, adding an epic feel to the whole piece, which adds to the dramatic tension between the performers.

Stine Nilsen, Co-Artistic Director, Candoco

From previous work, I have seen how well Marc creates images with a lot of people on stage. He possesses an instinctive knowledge of how to group movements to play off each other visually to great effect.

Marc Brew, Choreographer

It was a wonderful experience to be welcomed home to Candoco to create a new large scale work for the company, collaborating with an amazing creative team to create my visual design and drawing on the diverse talent, background and culture of each of the dancers and what they have brought to the process. Through divide and difference we bring unity and a feeling of whole.

A behind the scenes look at the research and development stage of of Marc Brew's piece for our Unlimited commission

Production Details

  • Year: 2012
  • Concept, Choreography & Direction: Marc Brew
  • Set Design: Sam Collins
  • Lighting Design: Ben Pacey
  • Costume Design: Jo Paul
  • Music (used with kind permission): ‘Scenes’ by Michael Galasso (ECM Records; 2001); ‘Journey 3’ by Max Richter (Fatcat records; 2010)
  • This piece is co-commissioned by: Unlimited 2012

Marc Brew biography:

Director and choreographer Marc Brew trained as a professional dancer at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The Australian Ballet School. He has been working in the UK and Internationally for the past 17 years as a dancer, choreographer, teacher and speaker; with the Australian Ballet Company, PACT Ballet of South Africa, Infinity Dance Theatre in New York and for 5 years up until early 2008 with Candoco Dance Company. He was a guest performer for the London Hand Over Ceremony for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony and was Associate Director with Scottish Dance Theatre, ‘Scotland’s principal contemporary dance company,’ where he co-directed ‘NQR’ a work in collaboration with Artistic Director Janet Smith and SDT’s Dance Agent for Change Caroline Bowditch. Since 2001 Marc has been dedicating time to his own choreography with Marc Brew Company and was featured by Time Out Magazine as the best of the new breed of London’s Rising Dance Talent. His new work Fusional Fragments is part of Unlimited, a series of commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Marc has been commissioned to create work for PACT Ballet (South Africa), Australian Ballet Company, Infinity Dance Theatre (USA), Velcro Dance Company (UK), AXIS Dance Company (USA), Scottish Dance Theatre (UK), Touch Compass (NZ), DadaFest International Festival, Without Walls Consortium, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Liberty Festival at Trafalgar Square, East London Dance, Ydance – Project Y, London Contemporary Dance School and InTransit Festival for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Marc was also choreographer for the fashion industry’s ultimate night of celebration the British Fashion Awards.