Hardy Animal

Laura DannequinHardy Animal

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A tender solo that looks at chronic pain and human resilience, Hardy Animal is a goodbye letter to a former self and an ode to dance.
Concerned with the human body and its failings, Hardy Animal tells of a dancer's journey into immobility. Interweaving text and movement, it retraces a brutal journey of loss, and hope, and looks at our need to create meaning in a baffling world.


Written, created & performed by: Laura Dannequin
Creative Advisor: Dan Canham

Created with support from The Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, Bristol Old Vic Ferment and Theatre Bristol

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Laura Dannequin is a French-born performer / choreographer / maker currently based in Bristol, UK. As a performer she has worked with a wide range of companies including Saburo Teshigawara & Karas (Kazahana), Daghdha Dance Company (2006-2010), Deborah Hay (SPCP), Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (The Rite of Spring) and Action Hero (Hoke's Bluff).

As a maker/choreographer she is interested in making work that is present, live and raw and explores bodily being in the world: the dancing body, the social body, the diseased and medicated body, and she makes both installation and performance work. Works include Dance Dark Dance, The Secret Slowness of Movement, In The Making, Land and Hardy Animal.

She works in close collaboration with Dan Canham and is associate director at Still House (30 Cecil Street, Ours was the Fen Country, Of Riders and Running Horses) and enjoys working as a creative and choreographic advisor with a growing number of artists.

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