This year also marks the first re-staging of his work since his death. National Dance Company Wales restaged Nigel’s work Lunatic in spring this year but after just three performances, the remaining UK tour has been cancelled due to Covid 19.
Vimeo Channel: Nigel Charnock Vimeo Channel
Restaging Nigel Charnock’s Lunatic at National Dance Company Wales (32mins) Link to film on Vimeo
A visually rich video discussion about the re-staging of Lunatic in 2020 for National Dance Company of Wales with former artistic director Fearghus Ó Conchúir and Gary Clarke. Using video of the performance and stunning photography of the process alongside a journey through Nigel’s archive the discussion takes the audience through the process of remounting Lunatic in Nigel’s absence.
Human Being (62 mins).
Previously unseen full recording of Nigel’s 1997 solo show, featuring music by Nicholas Skilbeck. The flier for the original performance reads;
“Nigel Charnock is back from the dead – with a warning straight from hell. Love him, hate him, but whatever you do SEE HIM.
“With a devastating beautiful performance, Charnock reveals body and soul in an obscenely hilarious show about love, sex and death.”
“A brilliant act of Total theatre… courageous, honest and very, very funny.”
Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015. Leeds International Film Festival 2015. Frame London Dance Film Festival 2016. IZM Dance Screen Competition 2016 ( Nominated for Best Short under 8 Mins ). DFA New York Dance Film Festival 2017. BFI Flare 2017. San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2017.
Verbal and physical slapstick suggests darker truths behind love, sex, and relationships. This danced monologue is an interpretation of a sequence from Nigel’s 1995 solo show Resurrection. Performed by Dan Watson.
Still (5mins) Link to film on Vimeo
International Short Film Festival of Cyprus 2015.
A duet for two men taken from Still, a long form piece of work Nigel choreographed for Candoco Dance Company in 2009. At the time he commented “with every piece I make there is part of me in there, its always about people and how people deal with each other, its always about relationship rather than relationships, and more so in this piece about the loss of that, about losing someone.” (extract the Candoco Archive https://youtu.be/3Yo9eUJfkg4 ) Performers Darren Anderson and Christopher Lloyd Owen originated the work with Nigel in 2009.
The Nigel Charnock Estate & Archive.
The Nigel Charnock advisory group are happy to make a first announcement regarding the archiving of Nigel’s work. The Nigel Charnock Archive is an initiative to collect and preserve Nigel’s work for public access and performance research. A Facebook page has been set up to keep people informed of the developments over the next few years.
The archive is in the process of being complied, and is currently edited and maintained by Graham Clayton-Chance and Nick Mercer.
For more updates from the Archive and access to video documentation;
Facebook page: The Nigel Charnock Archive
Vimeo Channel: Nigel Charnock Vimeo Channel
If you have any material you can donate to the Archive please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
An advisory group has been set up to manage enquiries relating to Nigel’s projects at email@example.com
2 August 2012
Nigel Charnock, the performer, choreographer and director, died late yesterday at St Christopher’s Hospice in South London. He had been diagnosed with Cancer of Undiagnosed Primary in the middle of June this year.
Nigel was responsible for an extraordinary body of work. A maverick and totally captivating performer, Nigel ruptured the boundaries of performance using different disciplines and media to redefine dance as a genre. His joyful, humorous, uncompromising, all-singing-and-dancing, professional working attitude has influenced and changed the lives of artists and performers across the world.
Described in The Independent as “body poet and word dancer… a virtuoso in daring.”, Nigel was midway in the development of one of his most ambitious projects to date for his own company. A short section of this evening of work entitled 10 Men was previewed, to unanimous acclaim, at British Dance Edition and Duckie earlier this year. Nigel is internationally acclaimed for a string of unique solo performances which include Human Being, Hell Bent, Original Sin, Resurrection, Frank and most recently One Dixon Road. Renowned for his inspirational teaching and mentoring, Nigel worked regularly and relentlessly with dance centres and independent artists throughout Europe, Israel and Canada, undertaking many choreographic commissions. In recent years he created new work for Louise Lecavalier (Canada), Candoco Dance Company, Ludus and National Dance Company of Wales (UK) as well as ongoing collaborations with jazz musicians Michael Riessler and Gwilym Simcock. Beginning his performing career in Ludus and Extemporary Dance Theatre, Nigel became a founder member of DV8. He formed his own company – Nigel Charnock + Company in 1995 and was Artistic Director of Helsinki Dance Company from 2002 to 2005. He toured Stupid Men (an ensemble of male performers) from 2006 and enjoyed an inspirational partnership with Wendy Houstoun. As a celebrated creator and performer throughout the world Nigel was simultaneously acclaimed as both “a national treasure” (Arts Council of England) and branded “the unreconstructed bad boy of physical theatre” by London Metro.
A Night with Nigel
On Saturday 29 September 2012, A Night with Nigel took place at Greenwich Dance, London. Thank you to those who shared in the experience and to those who sent thoughts from afar. Huge and heartfelt thanks to the following people and organisations who made the night possible:
Adam Hooper, Amanda Davey, Amy McGann, Andrew Charnock, Anne Viau, Arnie Somogyi, Azusa Ono, Betsy Gregory, Brendan Keaney, Brian Brady, Caroline Staunton, Chris Copland, Chris Nash, Chris Owen, Christine Allen, Dan Watson, Darren Anderson, Deborah Saban, Emilyn Claid, Francesca Moseley, Gary Clarke, George Adams, Graham Clayton-Chance, Hattie Whitehead, Hugo Glendinning, Jack Keaney, Jamie Maisey, Jannick Moth, Janusz Orlik, Jocelyn Pook, Jonathan Jewett, Karsten Tinapp, Kat Bridge, Kate Scanlan, Keir Patrick, Keiran Charnock, Kenneth Tharp, Khamlane Halsackda, Lisa Benge, Lloyd Newson, Lorna Hirst, Lorna O’Connell, Louise Lecavalier, Luke Ganz, Luke Pell, Maddy Morgan, Marie Morin, Martha Oakes, Maude Laflamme, Melanie Pappenheim, Micha Macher, Mike Winter, Morgan Cloud, Nadja Dias, Nick Mercer, Olive Kane, Patrick Brett, Patrick Lamothe, Peter Charnock, Peter Sturn, Philippe Dupeyroux, Rachel Gibson, Roswitha Chesher, Sebastian Langueneur, Steve Wald, Theo Samsworth, Tim Casson, Tim Whitehead, Timothy Hext, Tom Millar, Victoria Monaghan, Wendy Houstoun, William Samman, Yorgos Karamalegkos
Candoco Dance Company, Dance Umbrella, DV8, Government of Quebec, Greenwich Dance, The Place, Trinity Laban, Volcano Theatre Company
Thank you for all donations received so far.