4X20 Emerging Choreography Platform 2023

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The cornerstone event of the Festival of Dance 2023 was the 4X20 Choreography Platform.

This unique platform commissioned two emerging choreographers to present one pre-existing and one newly developed choreographic work of up to 20 minutes each, with a maximum of 4 dancers – hence 4X20. Following the Wiltshire premiere, 4X20 embarked on a national tour in Autumn 2023.

Age guidance: 8 + years old


Chandenie Gobardhan

presents: CREATOR and Rudra (working title).

Chandenie is a London-based, Netherlands-born dancer and choreographer, whose movement vocabulary is rooted in dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, street styles and contemporary. They therefore enjoy building bridges between dance styles, where others might not see that possibility.

Chandenie has been commissioned to create work for Tate Gallery, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, The Place and The Royal Docks.

John-William Watson

presents: Hang in There, Baby and Why This Chair Does Not Exist.

John-William Watson is a dance theatre maker and director from Leeds, whose work is highly theatrical and tragi-comedic. They draw influence from Surrealism, abstracting and playing with utilitarian and pedestrian movement to explore relationships between existentialism, the comedy of the mundane, nostalgia and time. John-William is an alumni of The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, and became a Sadler’s Wells Young Associate in 2020 and a Northern Connections Artist in 2021.



Chandenie Gobardhan

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Chandenie Gobardhan is a London-based, Netherlands-born dancer and choreographer. Their movement vocabulary is rooted in styles such as Bharatanatyam, street dance and contemporary.

John-William Watson

- Present ]
John-William Watson is a Yorkshire-based dance theatre maker/director from Leeds. An alumni of The Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp, John became a Sadlers Wells Young Associate Choreographer in 2020, and a Northern Connections Artist in 2021.

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