Kith/Kin dance double bill from Company Chameleon
Pieces explore journey to adulthood, friendship and bravery
The recent departure of Janet Smith from Scottish Dance Theatre (SDT) highlighted not just her achievements over the past 15 years, but the alumni she helped foster. Two such dancers are Kevin Turner and Anthony Missen, both of whom had a compelling stage presence at SDT, and have since branched out to form Company Chameleon Dance Theatre.
‘My time with SDT was tremendously formative, and I owe much of what I am doing now to Janet,’ says Missen. ‘The broadness of the repertory helped me become a versatile performer, and the different venues we visited helped me understand how to listen and respond to an audience. I developed my voice in a variety of ways and took away a whole raft of ideas and approaches to creating movement.’
Company Chameleon is heading back to Scotland this April, to perform a double-bill of contemporary dance exploring male identity. Before Night Fell, created with choreographer Beth Cassani, looks at friendship, camaraderie and bravery. While Rites takes a more personal look at the journey from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood.
‘Rites explores the formative influences that shape our understanding of what it means to be a man,’ explains Missen. ‘We researched various notions of masculinity from a global perspective, but realised we would have to bring it back to our own experiences to find something intimate that we could share. We’ve been dancing together for almost 20 years, so there’s a lot of history – the good, bad and ugly.’
Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, Thu 19 Apr