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.
Luke Pell on behalf of family and friends
Brendan Keaney Director Greenwich Dance
Nadja Dias Executive Producer TEN MEN
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.
An advisory group convened by Luke Pell and administered by Greenwich Dance will manage all business relating to Nigel’s projects from November 2012 onwards. In the meantime enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gifts & Donations
We have received a number of enquiries about donations, flowers etc. Anybody wanting to commemorate Nigel in this way can send a contribution directly to St Christopher’s Hospice, London: www.stchristophers.org.uk/donate and click on “Gift in Memory”
Alternatively if you are interested in supporting any legacy projects please contact email@example.com