WELL LIT - About the piece
Anders Duckworth (British/Swedish) and Daniel Jeremiah Persson (Korean/Swedish) throw the spotlight onto their experiences of the commodification of gendered identities and invite the audience into a wardrobe of doubt. Duckworth & Persson explore how fashion, media and social politics create the dictionary for demarcating our identities and how the commodification of gender sits with individual experience. Looking at the way that our culture imposes assumed behaviours, Well Lit is an early-stage investigation tapping into the discourse and performance of gender to subvert and blur the boundaries between our off and on stage selves. A collage of music and image, influenced by cabaret and popular culture, Well Lit investigates the politics of performance and the body. In a shifting dialogue that subverts expectations, Duckworth & Persson turn lighting a show into a dark comedic piece of dance and theatre.
Duckworth&Persson is the collaborative umbrella of danceartists Anders Duckworth & Daniel Jeremiah Persson, whom met during their studies at London Contemporary Dance School in London, England.
The duo works with topography covering gender, race and society as their key-interests, with a strong emphasis on presenting dancework that explores visual arts, costume/set design in correlation with choreography.
Daniel Persson - Performer & Choreographer (Pronouns: They/He)
Daniel Jeremiah Persson is a swedish dancer and choreographer based in Malmö, Sweden since 2018. He attained a First Class Bachelor Honours Degree at London Contemporary Dance School (2011-2014) and lived in London for another four years, freelancing as a dancer and choreographer in England and Europe.
In 2020, Daniel will be performing in AdeY’s Chromatics, Gracefool Collectives Carmina Burana and Khamlane Halsackda’s The Rights. He will also work as a dramaturg in korean choreographer Hany Park / Non- Gothic Body’s production The Edges.
During 2019, Daniel performed for Turner Prize-winner Martin Creed in the work Dancing to the Paintings, toured Martin Forsbergs Sissy Bomb as well as performed in site-specific work Traces of Tissues by Charlotte Østergaard and Sally E. Dean which was presented at the PQ Festival 2019
in Prague. Other productions to mention include: SUN DOWN, MOON UP at the Serpentine Galleries in London by Megan Rooney, You Would Almost Expect to Find It Warm by Laura Wilson at The British Museum and Mirror Piece & Song Delay Delay by dancefilm pioneer Joan Jonas and Nefeli Skarmea which was performed at Tate Modern. All performed 2018.
Daniel has choreographed three shorter works through multi-disciplinary company Humanah Productions touring England between 2014-2017. In 2017, Daniel collaborated with danceartist Aifric Ni Chaoimh and musician Gemma Dunleavy, creating the piece Inside, the Wolf... ,with funding from Trois C-L Centre de Creation Choreographique and their programme Les Emergencés. 2018, Daniel was invited to choreograph a solo for the artwork Nine Towers by artist Sol LeWitt at Kivik Art Center in Kivik.
Furthermore, Daniel has been a guest-lecturer in Screen Dance & Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School (2016-17), taught professional classes at La Caverna in Malaga, Spain (2017) as well as company class at Without Measure - UK (2015-2018) and was an invited panelist at PAMS 2019 in Seoul, Korea as a speaker on the topic ’Accessibility, diversity, equality and inclusion in the Performing Arts Sector’.
Since 2019, Daniel works as a member of Nya Rörelsen - Choreographers in Skåne.
Anders Duckworth - Performer & Choreographer (Pronouns: THEY/THEM)
Anders is a British/Swedish artist whose work ranges across movement and visual art. They collaborate with artists working in computer coding, residual media, fine art, projection, fashion, music technology and design.
After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School with a First Class Honours, they became postgraduate apprentice, then full company member, with Tilted Productions on Maresa Von Stockert's promenade piece, Belonging(s) (2015-2017) and the stage work Constructions of Thin Air (2018-2019). They have also worked with Lea Anderson, Livia Rita, Humanah Productions, Wayne Parsons, Kasia Witek and Jose Agudo.
As a maker, Anders has choreographed the film Polystyrene Dreams (dir. Jack Exton), which won the RATMA International Film Festival Best Art Film and has created several installation films combining fashion, performance & animation. In the duet Projected, which was presented at The Place’s Currency Festival 2015, Anders worked with analogue projection of old film stock. In Absent Impressions (2015), developed through a Choreodrome residency, they collaborated with composer Chris Edwards and film artist Rowan de Freitas to continue their exploration of the materiality of celluloid. In January 2019 Anders completed their MA at London Contemporary Dance School and is now looking to work strategically with a producer to develop their body of work, which already includes seven performance pieces.
Anders can be seen as a dancer in Requardt & Rosenbergs latest production Future Cargo across the UK in 2020 alongside the premiere of WELL LIT.
Kit Hinchcliffe - Set designer
Kit studied Performance Design and Practice at Central St Martine College of Art and Design. She is joint artistic director of Lidless Theatre for which her credits include; The Wasteland; Pebbles; They Have Long ArmsandTheyCanFindMea nd Moonfleece. Hersetdesigncredits include El FUEGO J ethro Compton Theatre Company , Risk Forwards Ciemulator Dance Theatre, Fundamentals Coco Islaki and Ali and Dalia Maya Ellis LTD. She is also a key member of the team at Architecture Social Club where she works as a Designer/Fabricator.
Seth Rook Williams - Lighting designer
Seth is a lighting designer for performance and touring production manager. Operating mainly in dance and theatre, he collaborates with directors, choreographers, designers and producers in the making, and touring of performances across Europe, and the World.
In his design, Seth works with the relationship between light / space / the viewer; the geometry and structures we are surrounded by; the creating and shifting of that which is perceived.
People and companies Seth is currently working with include Igor x Moreno, Little Soldier Productions, Simone Mousett, Nastassja Simensky, Barely Methodical Troupe.
Seth studied at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts London.
Leonie Tschapalda - Costume designer and maker
Leonie Tschapalda is a German Fashion Designer working as a designer for the Fashion House of Alexander McQueen. She studied in Trier, Germany As well as the UAL in London. During her studies she also started working for Humanah productions as a project costume designer and has previously collaborated with dance and music artist Charlie Hendren.
Sally O'Neill - Dramaturg
Sally O’Neill was born in 1991 and grew up in Sweden. She graduated from ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (NL) with a Bachelor in Modern dance 2015. Since she moved back to Sweden and Malmö she has been freelancing as a dancer and choreographer alongside teaching Creative processes and Choreography. Since September 2018 Sally is studying philosophy at Lund university. Sally has worked with artists such as Milan Markovic (FyraBenTeater), Anna Adám (GrayBoxProjects), Tuva Hildebrand and Marie Helen Andersson. As a choreographer and dancer Sally has shown her work at Modern Art Museum of Yerevan (ARM), Theater Aan de
Rijn, Arnheim (NL), Dixon Place, New York City, Jersey Stadsteater (USA) and Bitef Theater in Belgrad (RS).
Camille Marchadour - Sound Design / Music
Camille is a dancer and soundcomposer, originally from France. Currently working at Regionteater Väst. Previously and since 2015 he worked in both companies and projects between the United Kingdom, Denmark and Sweden. Companies such as Skånes Dansteater in Malmö, Norrdans in Härnösand. As well as Forsworks in Copenhagen, Denmark. he featured in large scale work, smaller pieces and site specific creations as well as teaching classes and workshops. His music training includes a formal education in music theory from the Conservatoire Gabriel Fauré, in Les Yvelines, FRANCE as well as a Drums and percussion education.