'Nora Invites' is the first programme of new work commissioned and performed by Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley of Nora. In this triple bill they bring to the stage a bold, hysterical and sublime programme of duets by renowned choreographers Liz Aggiss (UK), Simon Tanguy (FR), and Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion (UK). Offering up an evening of energy and wit they shift between the contrasting characters and worlds of the three pieces. 'Nora Invites' premiered in 2015 and toured the UK and Europe 2016-2017.
Choreography: Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley//Concept and direction: Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion
“ It’s a complex physical and mental journey which could become tedious to watch if it wasn’t for their quirkiness and humour. They frequently glance at the audience, show signs of fatigue and exchange wry smiles – incidental gestures which bring colour to their many, interrogative activities.” London Dance
by Simon Tanguy
“A rich and intriguing dialogue. The women talk impressively about everything from fractals to pornography. But it’s in their bodies that we follow the unspoken currents of their conversation: a staggered, slow-motion phrase that registers the hesitancy of a half-reluctant confession, the choreography of touch and gesture that embodies a sudden rush of intimacy.” The Guardian
by Liz Aggiss
"BLOODY NORA! a riotous finale choreographed by ‘the grand dame of anarchic dance’ herself, Liz Aggiss. Hyped through a crackling voiceover as “a story of hormonal imbalance,” the piece is, among other things, a smart and searing send-up of the infuriating ‘Is it that time of the month?’ question so often levied at women who dare express an impassioned opinion." Fjord Review
Commissioned by Sadler's Wells Trust and DanceEast.
Co-commissioned and tour co-produced by South East Dance.
Supported by Arts Council England through National Lottery Funding, The Nightingale, Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, Dance4, Roehampton University, Leeds Beckett University, Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Chisenhale Dance Space.