Elvis – A Tribute In Dance

BBC Radio 4

Claire Cunningham is a Scottish choreographer and contemporary dancer who performs with crutches. She’s a hugely respected artist who tours all over the world in both disabled and non-disabled arts festivals.

We join Claire in the studio during the research period for a new work ‘Thank You Very Much’ which draws on Claire’s current fascination with Elvis Tribute Artists. She’s intrigued by the difference between impersonation and tribute, what it means to train to become someone else – or an ideal of someone else – and relating this to the lived experience of disability. And asks “is this also a life of being pressured to be someone you are not?” It’s going to be a fun, exuberant and occasionally poignant mix of dance, music, singing and text. And, of course, fabulous costumes.

Producer: Victoria Ferran

Broadcast Date: 4th December 2018