Nigel Charnock Dies at 52

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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Nigel Charnock, dancer, choreographer and theatre director has died at the age of 52. Mr Charnock passed away yesterday (Wednesday) at St Christopher's Hospice in South London he was diagnosed with cancer in June of this year.

A founding member of physical theatre company DV8, Mr Charnock was a prolific creator of work across a wide range of art forms for more than 30 years and was well known and highly regarded in the dance community for his apparently boundless energy and formidable solo performances.

Most recently he created a piece for Louise Lecavalier that received wide acclaim and was recently performed at the International Dance Festival in Birmingham.

A few of Mr Charnock's works are available here on Article19 from Candoco Dance Company and Ludus but the unedited interview below perhaps gives the best insight to the man himself.

[ 'Pandemonium' on Article19 ]
[ 'Still' on Article19 ]

  • Isabelle Cressy

    What a massive loss, the most fearless and inspiring talent of British dance theatre history. At least he lived every second like it was his last, on stage if not in life. Rest in peace.

  • Emma Carlson

    So so sad, a great loss to the dance world, I remember his anarchic and boundless energy whilst performing which was always totally inspiring. Rest in peace

  • Jennifer Clarke

    Oh Nigel, I adored you from afar. I fell in love with you as a humble, irreverent being. much much love to you my dear Nigel.

  • Michael Mayhew

    This is totally brilliant . . . Nigel at his animated best - he even tells us what to write on his grave stone - bloody hilarious - too the point - totally love him and will totally miss him - knowing he was on the planet made things possible when they might of been impossible - Make em laugh Nigel - Make em sing - make em dance and make em cry - Lovely Lovely Lovely.

  • Henrik

    Such a fountain of creativity, too soon to send off but done his service 10 times over. My respect.

  • Holly Bright

    'absolute total fucking chaos'.....seriously??? Nigel, you will be missed. The world requires people like you, NIgel. Come back soon....stay in touch in some way....save us a seat....make us laugh at ourselves.....

  • So sad, shocking, what a shame. Loved your work and enjoyed the few chats I had a privilege to have with you. RiP you will be sorely missed

  • Sian Price

    so sorry! I was at WCMD with Nigel many, many years ago...he was lovely and funny and sweet! RIP x

  • Rhiannon

    Cannot express the sadness of such a tragic loss. You have inspired all those around you may your beautiful shinning spirit rest in peace.

  • Loved touring with you Nigel, shine on. X

  • N Koger

    great spirit!

  • Jaki Wilford

    I am so sad RIP Nigel

  • Miroslv

    RIP Nigel...

  • Michael Kellenberger

    such bad news. He such a great man. Shining troughful person. Will always remember you.

  • Kate Carreno

    I knew Nigel in early DV8 days. This is such sad news. Can't quite believe it. What a talent to have lost.

  • Mirna Zagar

    your spirit, wit and humour will continue to inspire us...

  • Yasemin

    You were shining like light may your way be light too...

  • Jane T

    RIP Nigel.....you were an inspirational man.....so young to be taken, my thoughts are with your family!!

  • Puppik dance

    What a terrible shame, the dance world will miss this innovative and exceptional man!

  • Sascha Engel
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