“You were all AMAZING and a joy to work with! It was so lovely to listen to the audience enjoy it so much!” Eleanor Perry, October 2019
Pink Narcissus (2019) was part of a new commission from The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University with award-winning dance company Thick and Tight, for MDI’s LEAP Festival 2020, and was the first in a series of choreographic commissions that the EHU extra-curricular Undergraduate Dance Companies, Edge FWD and 3rdEdge have been involved in with a wide range of professional artists. In September the London-based Dance company, Thick and Tight created Pink Narcissus with the students, which premiered at The Arts Centre as part of Merseyside Dance Initiative’s (MDI) Leap Festival in October. This sharp, camp and laugh-out sloud pastiche has since won audiences on numerous occasions: as the curtain raiser to Liz Aggiss’s new work Crone Alone, at The Arts Centre; as the finale in Festival in a Day celebrated in Media’s Creative Edge; as a showcase for Create your Futures UCAS event held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex; and was also programmed for the Employer of the Year Awards Ceremony to be held at Edge Hill. A highlight for our dancers has to be rehearsing and performing with the choreographers Eleanor Perry and Daniel Hay-Gordon at the Quays Theatre, The Lowry in February, alongside important figures in contemporary dance such as NW based award winning choreographer Gary Clarke, BBC Young Dancer of the Year Vidya Patel and Harry Alexander from the Michael Clarke Company.
Senior Lecturer in Dance Michelle Man who coordinates the Undergraduate Companies followed the creative process and notes that “when making Pink Narcissus with the Edge Hill Dance Undergrads Eleanor and Daniel really took them on a professional journey of exploring, and giving an exquisite attention to detail whilst being appropriately demanding in the studio. Their approach gave a great sense of valuing the students’ input and commitment, as well as genuinely stretching them in performance areas that were new to them. Thick and Tight made sure that the students were an integral part of the company’s collaborative and interdisciplinary creative process in the build up to the performances. The Undergrads are very proud of the work and continue to rehearse the work in hope of future performances”.