You and I Know

You and I Know by Arlene Phillips, Photography by Camilla Greenwell 2016

From the ballroom to the Brit Awards, Arlene Phillips has been a trailblazer in choreographing for popular dance genres for over 40 years. We are delighted to have commissioned Phillips to collaborate with Candoco dancers, Joel Brown and Laura Patay, in a romantic duet told through a series of vignettes set across time.

Danced with passion and sensitivity to a collection of pop songs, Joel and Laura offer audiences a potent and emotive exploration of how we fall in and out of love over and over again, often with the same person.

Arlene Phillips, whose work includes collaborations with iconic artists from Whitney Houston and Tina Turner to Queen and Duran Duran, says…

Love is an emotion we can all identify with and in this duet we will be inviting the audience to explore its complexities and how our daily routines can sometimes shape our relationships.

You and I Know will throw out the rule book and inspire audiences around who can dance and what dance can be.

Watch three short films that go behind the scenes with Arlene Phillips and the team.

Production Details

  • Year: 2016
  • Concept, Choreography & Direction: Arlene Phillips
  • Creative Associate: Antonia Franchesci
  • Dancers: Joel Brown and Laura Patay
  • Music tracks: 'Insecure Adolescence'/ Performed and Written by Joel Brown, ‘Renegades’/ Performed by X Ambassadors/ Writers by Noah Feldshuh, Alexander Grant, Casey Harris, Adam Levin and Samuel Harris, ‘Say Anything’/ Performed by Tristan Prettyman/ Written by David Hodges, Steven S. Miller, Tristan Prettyman, ‘Parted Ways’/ Performed by Heartless Bastards/ Written by Erika Wennerstrom, ‘Wrap Your Arms Around Me’/ Performed and Written by Gareth Dunlop
  • Music editing and arrangement: DJ Walde
  • This piece is co-commissioned by: Without Walls with Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival and Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival
  • Thanks: Leviathan Workshop, WAC Arts, Pineapple Studios, Coco Crowley, Gareth Dunlop, Heartless Bastards, Martine Leroy
  • Running Time: 15 minutes
  • Suitability: All ages

About Without Walls :

Without Walls, a consortium of 10 of the UK's leading Outdoor Arts festivals and organisations, brings the best in new outdoor performance to diverse audiences all over the UK, providing opportunities for UK artists to develop bold new ideas - from large-scale spectaculars to more intimate pieces, inclusive of all art forms and genres.

Since 2007, Without Walls has commissioned and supported over 90 shows, many of which have toured beyond Without Walls to 22 countries across the world.

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