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Choreography: Mathieu Geffré

Performers: Oliver Chapman and Paolo Pisarra

Dramaturg: Andrew Gardiner

Light Designer and Technical Manager : Rachel Shipp

Apprentice Rehearsal Director: Alyssa Lisle

Creative Producer: Rachel jean Birch at MovingArt Management

Tour Booker: Sarah Trist

Audio Describer: Louise Dickson - Illuminate Freedom

Commissioned by Dance City and Dance East

What songs may do... is supported by Arts Council England, Stanley Arts, Space Six and Studio Wayne McGregor.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Angela Boix Duran, Joseba Yerro Izaguirre and Tommaso Petrolo for their contribution towards the creation and development of this production

What songs may do… is the  first full-evening production by award-winning choreographer Mathieu Geffré as the artistic director of Rendez-Vous dance. Revealed by Nina Simone’s songs, this duet exposes the fractured relationship of a once romantic couple as they delve into their past in an attempt to rebuild their future together. Through Simone’s music, this dance piece shines a light on our deep rooted connection to memories through music and proposes the power of what songs may do. Poetic, passionate, physical and emotional, What songs may do… is an inclusive dance piece that celebrates love in all its diversity. 

What songs may do has been Finalist at the 30th Competition for Choreographers in Hanover and received the 3rd Prize Choreography at the 9th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition.

 

"This is dance at its best, musical, intelligent, well-crafted and moving, drawing in the audience" British Theatre Guide

 

"If you've ever loved or been loved, then this show is not to be missed"

The Crack Magazine

 

"What Songs May Do… was a beautiful reminder of the evocative and transformative power of music. It was also a beautiful illustration of how dance can cut so cleanly through surface gloss to explore the very heart of our being. I loved it."

The Greenwich Visitor

Past Performances
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Balbir Singh Dance Co
Audience member KalaSangam - Bradford

Twitter

"Well done to @rdzvousdance @mathieugeffre tonight @Kala_Sangam. A sensitive blend of movement, silence and Nina Simone. Catch them if you can"

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Simon McEnery
Audience Member at The Point Eastleigh and PDSW - Bournemouth

Facebook

Second time seeing Mathieu Geffré's What songs may do... this evening. It loses no power in repetition. Incredibly moving.

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Paul Simpson
Oxford Audience Member

Twitter

"So pleased I got to see #WhatSongsMayDo by

@Rdzvousdance

at the BT Studio

@OxfordPlayhouse

tonight! Stunning storytelling and performances by the dancers, and beautiful choreography by the brilliant

@mathieugeffre

Come back soon!!"

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Leslie  
Audience Member Preview in Royan (France)

Instagram

"Thank you Rendez-Vous for this moment out of time! The dancers were extraordinary and the piece was so thrilling!"

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Richard Dunbar
Audience member Kala Sangam - Bradford

Instagram

"Last night I was lucky enough to see the exceptional "What songs may do..." choreographed from the brilliant @mathieugeffre of @rdzvousdance. (...) A lot of quality comes out of @kalasangam_arts_centre and this piece is up there with the best I've seen"

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MW
The Crack Magazine review

"If you've ever loved or been loved, then this show is not to be missed"

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Ste Dunn 
Northern Pride Director

Twitter

"Another amazing dance piece from the team @Rdzvousdance, premiering at @GoCivTheatre. Stunning duet performance to the songs of Nina Simone(...)"

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Chantal
Audience Member Preview in Royan (France)

Messenger

"Wonderful performance! I was trembling in the auditorium in the hope that the dancers would reconcile forever! Wow! It was sublime!"

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Butch Quick
Audience member PDSW - Bournemouth

Facebook

"Interesting, inventive and thought-provoking performance on Saturday.

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Adam Manning
Mayor of Eastleigh

Twitter

A wonderful evening at @PointEastleigh to watch What songs may do..., exciting contemporary dance at its best. Superb technical performances combines with a story shimmering with beauty and passion. Highly recommended! " 

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Dora Frankel  
British Theatre Guide Review

"This is dance at its best, musical, intelligent, well-crafted and moving, drawing in the audience"

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Asteropi Tia Chatzinikola
Dance Reviewer 

"The highly choreographed lyrical piece, is a narrative of a love story without falling into the trap of melodrama"

25th July 2022

Royan, France

1st October 2022

Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne

4th and 5th October 2022

Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

12th October 2022

The Point, Eastleigh

1st November 2022

Darlington Hippodrome, Darlington

3rd November 2022

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

5th November  2022

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

10th November 2022

Kala Sangam, Bradford


 

11th November 2022

The Lowry, Salford

15th December 2022

Laban Theatre, London

1st March 2023

The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool

Thursday 8th June 2023

The Mill, Banbury

12th, 13th, 14th June 

Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Drum

Thursday 15th June 2023

The Courtyard, Hereford

 

Thursday 22nd June 2023

Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Tuesday 27th June 2023

Lancaster Arts (Nuffield Theatre)


 

The Creative Team

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Oliver Chapman

(he/him)

Performer

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Paolo Pisarra (he/him)

Performer

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Rachel Shipp (she/her)

Lighting Designer

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Andrew Gardiner

(he/they)

Dramaturg

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