Nigel Charnock, dancer, choreographer and director, died late Wednesday August 1 at St Christopher's Hospice in South London. He had been diagnosed with Cancer of Undiagnosed Primary in the middle of June this year. He was 52.
He was responsible for a significant body of work. As a performer he sought to challege the boundaries of performance using different disciplines and media to redefine dance. Those fortunate enough to have met him will remember his joyful, humorous, uncompromising, all-singing-and-dancing, professional working attitude.
Charnock began his performing career with Ludus and Extemporary Dance Theatre, before becoming a founder member of DV8. He formed his own company - Nigel Charnock & Company in 1995 and was Artistic Director of Helsinki Dance Company from 2002 to 2005. He toured "Stupid Men" (an ensemble of male performers) from 2006 and enjoyed an inspirational partnership with Wendy Houstoun.
In recent years he created new work for Louise Lecavalier (Canada) (his "Children" was danced at this years International Festival in Birmingham), CandoCo Dance Company, Ludus and the National Dance Company of Wales. At the time of his diagnosis, he was midway through the development of a project for his own company. A short section of this evening of work, titled "10 Men", was previewed, to acclaim, at British Dance Edition and Duckie earlier this year.
Internationally, he will be remembered for a string of solo performances including "Human Being", "Hell Bent", "Original Sin", "Resurrection", "Frank" and most recently "One Dixon Road".