Sadler’s Wells x Candoco Dance Company - Cuckoo

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Time is passing. That, we can rely on. Time flies, drags, suspends. Time heals, wears us down. We waste time, chase time, cherish time. It leaves its mark.

Cuckoo is a new visually striking and playful dance film from Candoco Dance Company, inspired by a bespoke prosthetic leg created by Sophie de Oliveira Barata of The Alternative Limb Project, for dancer Welly O’Brien. This unique limb is carved from cherry wood and features a working cuckoo clock and pendulum. This short choreography for camera is a reflection on our changing experience of time passing, set to a poetic musical score by Jules Maxwell.

Cuckoo is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Candoco Dance Company and made in collaboration with The Alternative Limb Project.

This film is a co-creation.
Co-directed by Charlotte Darbyshire and Sophie de Oliveira Barata
Dancer – Welly O’Brien
Filmmaker and Editor – Sarah Vaughan-Jones
Composer – Jules Maxwell
Production Manager and Lighting Designer – Phil Webb
Producer – Ellie Douglas-Allan
Audio Description – Caroline Burn

With thanks to Tate Modern

Bespoke Alternative Limb:
Led by Sophie de Oliveira Barata
Wood Carver – Sam Rudman
Prosthetist – Chris Parsons
Electronics – Rory Thompson
Metal worker – Sadie Clayton
With thanks to John Downie and Bill Bruce

Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells and Candoco Dance Company

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