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.
Concept, Choreography and Direction
Hetain Patel with the dancers
fingersmiths:Jean St Clair and Jeni Draper
Tanja Erhart, Adam Gain, Andrew Graham, Mirjam Gurtner, Laura Patay, Rick Rodgers and Toke Broni Strandby
9 December 2014, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Explores some adult themes.
Cockayne Foundation - Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation
Contains adult themes