Two articles from the Scottish press: Fans of chums
An uncredited interview with Lea Anderson from The Evening News (Scotland)
THE Cholmondeleys and The Featherstone-haughs are not your normal dance company. For one thing, they’re actually two companies who often (but not always) work together, both founded by their joint artistic director Lea Anderson.
Then there are those names, their ridiculously posh titles both a joke at the expense of the dance establishment and its image and also a sly way of distinguishing their own elite who know how to pronounce them (for the record, it’s Chumleys and Fanshaws, or the Chums and the Fans to their, er, fans).
Still, it’s nevertheless a surprise to hear the cheerfully unpretentious Anderson admit that the good thing about the latest show from the two companies is that there’s an interval. "It’s good to be able to do that, because sometimes modern dance can be a bit of a hard slog," she says. click for more
Kelly Apter in The Scotsman does not enjoy The Chums etc, but is impressed with Anna Krzystek.
ADULTS skip across the stage in little girls’ frocks and clown make-up; men dressed in high heels and suspenders bend suggestively over vast strips of elastic; and the living dead throw menacing looks into the audience. Yet despite this bizarre cocktail of events, the strangest thing about 3 from The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs is how a show so superficially entertaining fails to engage on any other level.
Artistic director Lea Anderson has been in the business so long she could create a show with her eyes closed, which is one possible explanation for the distinct lack of choreography. This link is no longer available
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