Carousel Dance Company ( an integrated company) Joyce Francis, Eric Grantham,
Edna Guy, Debbie Harkin, Sarah Jackson, Martin Lake, Veronica
Lee, Jack Mathews, Clare Matthews, Alison Mills, Colin Richardson, Valerie
Rowe, Margaret Stamp, Gill Wilcox. Costume and Lighting : Christina Ure
Banda Banda is an integrated performance that explores
individuality within a carnival atmosphere of energy and music sung in
Scott-Sawyer. Each performer was invited to share an aspect of their life
with the group. This information was recorded, used to inspire the choreography
and in some sections, embedded into the music.
'There is on piece of excellent direction to would-be
choreographers provided by American choreographer Paul Taylor in 12 succinct
words – ‘ Give
yourself a few limitiations and then do the best you can’
It is to the credit of the five-person Brighton based dance co-operative
Carousel and choreographer Liz Aggiss that they have followed such direction
in the creation of Banda Banda. Not that they undertook the creation
of this work in isolation – for the stage is both illuminated and charged
by Billy Cowie’s recorded sound track, and interspersed with electronic
samplings of the cast’s own words – and the steps, ideas and
moves were created in partnership with the 10 participating adults who
also join the professional dancers on stage…………………...
The fact that the audience can understand the ideas and the limitations
imposed by the ideas, means that they can appreciate the efforts of some
of the performers. The appreciation on this occasion becomes something
special since the performers are accepting not only the limitations which
they have chosen but also additional limitations imposed upon them by
nature – and
they are building bridges between the two.’
Bill Harpe The Guardian
'The 14 performers, ten of whom have learning difficulties,
came on stage in uniformly grey business suits and ties, but emerged
individual at the end of an hour and a half.
Not only was it OK to laugh, it was virtually impossible not to, given
the confidence of expression and obvious rapport between the members
of the group which transmitted itself to the audience.
Banda Banda is not token participation and I’m glad I didn’t
feel the need to suspend any criticism. It’s a challenging, lively,
original and entertaining performnce’
Annette Stapleton Care Weekly
Premiere12th May 1989 Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton.
Winner of the Time Out/Dance Umbrella Award 1990.
References for Banda Banda
Aggiss, L. Cowie, B. Bramley, I. (2006) Anarchic Dance Routledge
Clements, M. (6-13 Dec 1989) Carousel and Virginia Farman Time Out
Harpe,B. (6 Feb 1991) Banda Banda St Helens The Guardian
Stapleton, A ( 24 Nov 1989) Manic, moving and marvellous Care Weekly