DUET


(2013) is an autobiographical work performed by Hanna and Heidi, and based on their ongoing couple therapy. The work, a collaboration with Wendy Houstoun, dissects the double act, the notions of being a twosome, its power struggles and compromises.
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Concept, choreography and performance:
Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard
Dramaturgy: Wendy Houstoun and Mark Whitelaw
Music: Sylvia Hallett
Lighting design: Andy Hammond


what the press says
“Their charm comes from the women’s personalities, their autobiographical honesty and dry sense of humour.” The Times
“The disconnect is funny, sometimes brutal, and always entertaining.” The Guardian
“A funny piece about dance and dancers, winningly performed.”
The Telegraph
“A slickly crafted, comic double act based on choreographers Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard going into couples therapy, which punctures silliness with knife-in-the-stomach reality.” The Evening Standard
“Their mix of deadpan laughs and pathos is a winner.” Time Out
“A sharp piece of comedy couples counselling, done with wit and neat timing, it touched some raw nerves in the audience but did it with a smile on its face.” Metro
“Duet is a unique piece of honest, funny and inspiring work that is both personal and performative. The physicalisation and verbalisation of the pair’s emotional struggle is deft and witty.” Total Theatre
“They are a comedy dance duo with exceptional chemistry and striking performance techniques that allow them to express clearly, through both movement and spoken communication, the point of their show. It strikes a chord of sadness and empathy, rings true to the reality behind personal (and dance) politics, successfully explores and portrays issues of friendship, femininity and motherhood and leaves you wanting more than a 15 minute piece.” The Stage
“Duet wraps a gentle humour around a difficult subject – how do two people, especially two such different souls as the gregarious Gillgren and the more reserved Rustgaard, manage to keep a relationship healthy and sane over time?” Londondance


link to full work
https://vimeo.com/82214376

DUET standing on Heidi