Festival 2021

Choreographer’s Cut 2021 Claire Cunningham, Eddie Ladd, Nora Chipaumire

  • Premiered 8-24 Oct 2021
  • Duration: Approx. 30 minute episodes
  • Access: Captioned

Pictured: Claire Cunningham, Thank You Very Much, photo Hugo Glendinning; Eddie Ladd, Cof y corff/muscle memory, photo Keith Morris; Nora Chipaumire, portrait of myself as my father, photo Gennadi Novash

Choreographer’s Cut returns for 2021 as we invite audiences to step inside the mind of a choreographer as three leading artists give an in-depth commentary on a recent work. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to go behind the scenes with Nora Chipaumire, Claire Cunningham and Eddie Ladd as they discuss their creative process with Dance Umbrella’s Artistic Director and Chief Executive Freddie Opoku-Addaie.

Over the next few months, we will be specially releasing episodes from Choreographer’s Cut and Give Them Their Flowers, available for everyone to watch. These series were presented as part of the Dance Umbrella 2021 festival programme, which also included Dimitris Papaioannou’s NOWHERE as well as original dance films from SAY and Jade Hackett commissioned and produced by DU.

Watch now

Claire Cunningham on Thank You Very Much

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes:

Eddie Ladd on Cof y corff/muscle memory

Nora Chipaumire on portrait of myself as my father

“Invaluable insights into the complex creative processes of choreographers”

Artist Biographies +

Claire Cunningham

Photo A.R.

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. A recent Factory Artist with Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Germany she is also an Affiliate Artist with The Place, London.

One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies).  This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.

Eddie Ladd

Eddie Ladd has spent thirty-five golden years in showbusiness.

She started making shows in 1989 and these theatre and site-specific pieces have toured internationally. Using new technologies from the very beginning, she received a NESTA fellowship in 2002 to develop this element in her work.

She has collaborated with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Frân Wen and Arad Goch as a performer and movement director, teaches in schools and colleges and is a Creative Fellow at Aberystwyth University. Brought up on a farm, her aim now is to work in her square mile to combine performance and agriculture.

Nora Chipaumire

Photo Ari Marcopoulos

nora chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for black native Africans – known as group B schooling – and has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (law) and at Mills College in Oakland, CA (dance).

Watch Choreographer's Cut 2020 +

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Eun-Me Ahn on Dancing Grandmothers


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