The Featherstonehaughs: Farewell Tour
Say hello, wave goodbye
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The Featherstonehaughs have been performing their contemporary dance act for 25 years now, perfectly described by the Guardian as “part silly, part serious and wholly wonderful.” They founded in 1988 as the only all-male dance company in Britain, and at the end of this year, they’re finally calling it a day, but we think it’s safe to say they’re going out on a high.
Under the artistic direction of Lea Anderson, both companies have pioneered work in non-theatrical spaces (not everyone could perform their act in both the Vauxhall Tavern and on the Vauxhall Bridge), and they pride themselves on presenting alternative ideas about men in dance (think dresses rather than tights). Their quirky and wacky themes cover a broad spectrum on the entertainment front, from the comical to the romantic, to the parodic and the macabre – and yes, they’re as crazy as that sounds.
This tour, their last ever, will include last year’s work Edits, which saw the group performing conventions of film, photography and art into their dance, and it will also cover some of their classic work – 1997’s The Featherstonehoughs Draw on the Sketch Books of Egon Schiele - which interpreted the torment of the famous Austrian expressionist. And we believe The Featherstonehaughs’s Farewell Tour will be as final as it sounds (none of these Cher-style five year extensions complete with a Las Vegas residency), so get the tickets now and experience them while you still can.
The Featherstonehaughs are touring nationwide until 26 November. For more information and for ticket bookings, visit their website.
Words: Ben Kelly