Company Chameleon performed 'Push' to a packed Derby Market Place at Derby Festé in 2013.
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What the media say about Beauty Of The Beast:
Beautifully revealing…Unforgettably good. Judith Mackrell, The Guardian ★★★★
Knockout dancing in a potent look at male behaviour. The List Magazine ★★★★
Some shows are worth seeing more than once, Company Chameleon’s Beauty Of The
Beast is one of them.’ Cloud Dance Festival
Seethes with visceral energy, agile technique and expressive flair.' Herald Scotsman ★★★★
Imaginative and entertainingly choreographed…The athleticism and gymnastic ability on
display is exhilarating. What’s On Stage
Beauty Of The Beast follows a male group of friends through a range of different scenarios. Bravado is high and aggression is rife. With a need to impress and earn group respect, there’s an uneasy feeling, but how far will things go? The leader tries to keep the group in line, but with complex dynamics and a shifting pecking order, it’s a challenging task. Cracks ultimately begin to appear, and soon the characters in the group are forced to question their individual identity, and just what it means to fit in and belong.
Laugh out loud funny in parts, dark and menacing and downright awkward in others, Beauty Of The Beast is an emotional and thought provoking piece. Much of Company Chameleon’s work is driven by social observations and how we behave to fit into society.
Talking about the inspiration behind Beauty Of The Beast, Company Chameleon’s Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer, Anthony Missen, said:
“The piece tells the broader story of masculinity. Society generally has a pretty narrow definition of what it means to be a man and as a result, men, young and old, can feel pressured to fit into a certain role.”
“Beauty Of The Beast tries to uncover all the faces of masculinity including the emotions that sit outside the traditional gender role. The ones that are accepted and embraced by society, like strength and ambition, and also the ones we can shy away from, like sensitivity and vulnerability.”
Told through a series of conversations created through dance, movement and touch, Beauty Of The Beast showcases the unique signature style that Company Chameleon is known for and enables audiences to instantly engage with their work. The gritty and graceful choreography is brought to life through the stunning athletic ability of the six male dancers.
A thought-out soundtrack adds to the drama and features everything from Bach to Sizzla to Rage Against the Machine, alongside original music by Miguel Marin.
Commenting on the style of Beauty Of The Beast, Anthony Missen said:
“There’s a huge mix of dance and movement styles in there. The different styles are like a language; they help tell the story and communicate the emotion. With no one fixed style, it’s different throughout. It’s also tightly packed and purposefully fast, which is why this piece is such a rollercoaster ride.”
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About Company Chameleon
Company Chameleon started when Anthony Missen and Kevin Edward Turner met at Trafford Youth Dance Theatre in the mid-1990s. Two ordinary lads from Manchester, they shared an ambition to dance professionally for a living. After developing their talent at
Trafford, they went on to train at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and after graduating travelled extensively to work with some of the most innovative dance companies and choreographers in the world.
They returned home to Manchester in 2007, to achieve their goal of setting up their own dance company, and Company Chameleon was born. Today Company Chameleon tour internationally to wide acclaim and perform over fifty indoor and outdoor performances a year.