Out of Here

CandoCo Dance Company, London, United Kingdom, 1998
Directed by Annabel Arden, Jos Houben

about the production

Out of Here explores the concepts of amazing journeys and miraculous escapes. The dancers become characters that have been somehow frozen in a cataclysmic been somehow frozen in a cataclysmic event. Gradually, they construct the means of their release so that the playing out of their unlived desired results in the miraculous escape they all seek.

Out of Here is infused with the sense of absurdity, wit and physical intuition far which the artistic team are famous. Their surreal, candid vision and their fascination for performers' physicalities suits perfectly the company that has made the dance world rethink their definitions. CandoCo's magnificent seven draw you in on their fantastic voyages until you are completely caught up in their quest – to find the ultimate escape?


directors: Annabel Arden & Jos Houben
composer: Jeremy Arden
production design:  Roswitha Gerlitz
lighting design: Bill Deverson
voice coach: Maggie Burrows
mapmaker: Alice Purcell
production manager: John Henderson
stage manager: Simon Hamilton
assistant to the directors: Bethany Cooke
performed by: Celeste Dandeker, Charlotte Darbyshire, Jon French, Pedro Machado, Kuldip Singh-Barmi, Sue Smith and David Toole


Annabel Arden trained with Lecoq, Pagneux and Gaulier. She co-founded Theatre de Complicite in 1983 and acted and directed for the company until 1994. Productions include The Visit (Time Out Best Director Award 1989) and The Winter's Tale. She performed in the internationally acclaimed Street of Crocodiles which is to be revived in New York this summer. Most recently she has pursued a career in opera. She continues to teach far Theatre de Complicite and internationally.

 Jos Houben is Belgian and joined Theatre de Complicite at its very beginning in 1984 after studying theatre at the École Jacques Decoq in Paris. He travels all over the globe working as a free-lance director, performer and teacher. In London he directs and co­writers the cult-comedy shows of the Right Size Theatre Co, most recently Do You Come Here Often? which hit the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre earlier this year.


The CandoCo company was founded in 1991 by Adam Benjamin and Celeste Dandeker. Adam, a visual artist and Tai-Chi teacher was graduate of Middlesex University. Celeste had trained and danced with London Contemporary Dance Theatre until an accident which left her using a wheelchair, in 1973. They began to discuss the possibilities of using dance as a truly integrated medium far disabled and was soon followed by their first class which non-disabled students. A period of research drew on Celeste's experience of Graham based technique and Adam's knowledge of release and contact improvisation. After a number of informal showings, the company held its first professional performance. Since then the company has soared into the mainstream of contemporary dance in Great Britain. In 1993 Flying in the Face of… received a Time Out London Performance Award.

Their piece Across Your Heart won international acclaim appearing repeatedly in Europe and further afield in USA, South America, Japan, Africa and Australia.

Returning home, they have won of the 1997 Prudential Award far the Arts.