WORKS

Let’s Talk About Dis

By Hetain Patel
Engaging and endearing, questioning and reflective, Hetain’s Let's Talk About Dis brings out the individual dancers in a way our audiences have not seen before.

In Let’s Talk About Dis, visual artist Hetain Patel has created a humorous and intimate piece for Candoco that builds on an exploration of the dancers’ personalities and distinctive physicalities. The work is a playful interrogation of identity that probes the audience to think beyond surface appearances.

One of the UK’s most exciting visual artists, Hetain’s solo-show American Boy, a personal and humorous take on identity shape-shifting, received popular and critical acclaim, playing to sold-out audiences at Sadler’s Wells. In 2013 he was invited to do a TED talk entitled Who Am I? Think Again which has been viewed online over two million times.

Hetain approaches dance from a cross-arts background, he works with performance, installation, video, photography and sculpture, blurring the lines between theatre, gallery and film. His work is often humorous and deeply personal, allowing the audience to form an intimate connection with the performers.

Let’s Talk About Dis, a fantastically smart piece by rising choreographer Hetain Patel, sets this inclusive company moving and speaking a range of languages, signing and singing, talking about and over each other.
The Guardian

Production details

Concept, Choreography and Direction

Hetain Patel

Associate Choreographer

Lorena Randi

Writer

Hetain Patel with the dancers

Lighting Design

Jackie Shemesh

Costume Design

Valentina Golfieri

Dramaturgy

Eva Martinez

Choir Consultant

Dom Stichbury

BSL Interpretation

fingersmiths:Jean St Clair and Jeni Draper

Access Consultant

Deepa Shastri

Original Cast

Tanja Erhart, Adam Gain, Andrew Graham, Mirjam Gurtner, Laura Patay, Rick Rodgers and Toke Broni Strandby

World Premiere

9 December 2014, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Suitability

Explores some adult themes.

Funded by

Cockayne Foundation - Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation

Co-Commissioned by

Arts Depot

Year

2014

Running Time

30 minutes

Suitability

Contains adult themes

Journal