In his latest production, Epilogues, he combines three duets which each tell the story of a relationship – between lovers, between friends, between sisters and family.
Two new creations are integrated with an adaptation of the acclaimed Within Her Eyes, an exploration of loss and dependency which was first seen at Sadler’s Wells as part of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award Showcase in 2012 (then titled There We Have Been). Cousins was the first winner of the award with this duet, confirming him as a choreographic talent to watch.
Within Her Eyes is an intensely physical contemporary dance work in which the female dancer never touches the floor; instead she wraps around, balances on and falls against the male dancer. The narrative portrays how lovers are sometimes unable to be together, no matter what.
Given new meaning as part of Epilogues, this love story with a twist is being performed by Rhys Dennis and long-time company member Chihiro Kawasaki.
The first of the two new works (both currently untitled) is about the overwhelmingly powerful emotions experienced by two men who are overcoming pressures from their respective cultures – but it is told in an intimately formal, almost delicate, way.
Cousins combines personal stories from the two dancers, Rhys Dennis and Georges Hann, with his own experience of hiding his sexuality to delve into those moments when a look says it all.
The second new work reflects Cousins’ keenness to challenge stereotypes of feuding females. Performed by Jemima Brown and George Frampton, this piece portrays the relationship between two women dealing with the impending loss of a parent.
Epilogues was born out of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, examining the complexity of our interactions with each other. It promises to be an ideal opportunity to witness the physicality with which James Cousins Company has been astounding audiences around the world since it was established in 2014.
NOTE: A Parent and Baby Matinee will be held on Friday 8th March at 11am.
The Place has programmed a performance earlier in the day for parents who might find it difficult to attend during the evening. They can come with or without their child but are asked to bear in mind that this is not a children’s show and it does contain adult themes.
|What||James Cousins Company, Epilogues, The Place|
|Where||The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
06 Mar 19 – 08 Mar 19, 19:30 Dur. TBC Parent and child show 8 March 11:00
|Price||£17 (Concessions & matinee £13)|
|Website||Click here to book via The Place|