CULTURE

British dance group’s work inspiring for all

CandoCo, a pioneering and inspirational London-based dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers that was set up to both push audiences further in their own lives and help its members achieve their highest possible aspirations, performs two shows in Thessaloniki this weekend, at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall. Both evenings will feature two choreographies, «The Stepfather» by Arthur Pita plus «And Who Shall Go To the Ball» by Rafael Bonachela. For his production, Pita, a Portuguese artist who studied dance in Johannesburg and then trained at London’s Contemporary Dance School, used rock and country songs by the immensely popular US indie act Violent Femmes to tell a story about a troubled family that is both humorous and macabre in «The Stepfather.» London-based Spanish choreographer Bona-chela’s «And Who Shall Go To the Ball,» which features music by the esteemed avant-garde musician Scott Walker, is a raw and fluid choreography full of daring scenes. Formed in 1991 by Celeste Dandeker and Adam Benjamin, CandoCo began humbly but has since developed into a leader in its field in the UK. The 90s proved to be a decade of immense growth for the dance company. By the mid-90s, CandoCo had toured over 50 countries. The company continues to tour extensively. Taking important additional steps in more recent times, the dance company founded a youth wing, Cando2, in 1999, for younger dancers. In 2004, it started a foundation course in dance for disabled students. Tomorrow and Sunday, Thessaloniki Concert Hall. Tickets: 25-100 euros.