The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs
- Donald Hutera
- 31 July 2008
This article is from 2008.
Dance of Death
It’s hardly damning the cast of Dancing On Your Grave to call them a handful of dead-beats. Created by the veteran choreographer Lea Anderson for members of her two cult dance companies, The Cholmondeleys (pronounced ‘chum-leez’) and The Featherstonehaughs (‘fan-shaws’), this deliberately small-scale, cabaret-style production is about a five-piece music hall troupe on a seemingly endless tour. The catch is that the quintet happens to be deceased.
Grave promises to be ghoulish good fun with plenty of inventive flair, a lot of which is down to Anderson. A contemporary of Matthew Bourne (who was a founding member of The Featherstonehaughs), she’s been steeped in visual art and alternative music her entire career. The show’s premise, she says, is about ‘what happens when a music hall act, complete with songs and dancing and tableaux, bases itself entirely on death.’ And what is she learning from the work? ‘That when I do death, it gets lively.’
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, 4–25 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 3pm, £11–£13 (£10–£12). Previews 1–3 Aug, £8 (£7).