Your body is in unstable equilibrium, you feel insecure, like you are tottering, like you are being seduced by physical amusement yet simultaneously repelled; you are at that blurred point, you are ticklish.
The piece concentrates on this ‘ticklish’ state through relationships. Where friendly competition and playfulness can become aggressive to the point of conflict and fight. The light energy of elusiveness, the teasing and slaps of affection become there own extremes, the alert, quick energy of violence – a caress that becomes a slap.
‘Their daring grapples and jigsaw partnering shapes are gripping’
‘Clever and cruel’ TIME OUT
‘Vardimon is one of those dancers you can’t take your eyes off. Like an inquisitive cat, she bends and stretches, climbs and crawls, contorting her incredible body into ever more complex positions. She does the same with her choreography.’
|Concept, Direction & Choreography:||Jasmin Vardimon MBE|
|Created with & Performed by:||Luke Burrough, Catherine Gardner, Barney Dillon, Jasmin Vardimon MBE|
|Also performed by:||Hofesh Shechter, Phil Hayes|
|Artistic Advisor & Video Artwork:||Guy Bar-Amotz|
|Lighting Design:||Chahine Yavroyan|
|Costume Design:||Mair Joint|
|Set Design:||Bob Bailey, Mark Hosking|
|Original Score:||Jules Maxwell|
|Sound Editing:||Ohad Fishof|
The creation of Ticklish was supported by The Jerwood Award, ACE National Touring programme, DanceXchange, The Oval House, Yorkshire Arts and Yorkshire Dance.