A Brighton-based comedy dance/theatre duo with a humorous and gritty take on real-life experience. They create engaging, innovative and accessible work that can be enjoyed by audiences with any amount of prior experience of theatre and dance.
“This duo are funny, bold and full of vibrant female power.”
— Antonia Grove, Probe
“They have balls, big hearts, wry smiles, and great technique. A very exciting young company.”
— Lou Cope
HURRAH! Brighton Festival Announcement!
We will be performing in this years Festival, with Kate Tempest as Guest Director! It’s a double bill of “It’s okay, I’m dealing with it.” and May-We-Go-Round?. We’ll also be leading a weekly workshop throughout May for 16–25 year olds, leading to the creation of a curtain raiser for our show, as well as an open workshop for all levels. Tickets
Arts Council Success
We are delighted to have received our fourth Arts Council Grant for the Arts to support development of our new show “It’s okay, I’m dealing with it.“ and for further touring of May-We-Go-Round? Here’s to a very exciting and busy 2017… We start the year off with a a two week residency at Dance Base working on “It’s okay, I’m dealing with it”
“All the best work begins with our deeply personal experiences. The Hiccup Project instinctively dig into that place and find a richly comic and authentically physical world there”
— Ben Duke, Lost Dog
Cristina and Chess both knocked out their front adult teeth in traumatic accidents that have had lasting effects. This is an honest, raw and humorous insight into how they cope with their painful experiences and vulnerabilities
In a culture preoccupied with perfect smiles and keeping a stiff upper lip: how do we all deal with things? What happens if we don’t want to deal with them? Sometimes we laugh, sometimes we cry and sometimes we try our best to distract ourselves.
But don’t worry:
it’s okay, we’re dealing with it.
“It’s okay, I’m dealing with it” has been chosen for the Brighton Fringe 2016 WINDOW showcase.
The show has been mentored by Ben Duke (Lost Dog Dance), Tim Casson (Casson & Friends) and Lou Cope, with continued support from the South East Dance Emerging Artists Scheme.
May-We-Go-Round? is a collision of fiercely energetic dance and comedic theatre. Chess recently discovered her diary from the age of 10, devoted entirely to the detailed records of her many loves. Years later, the ones we lust after still take a disproportionately large chunk of our talking time and mental space (even if we don’t like to admit it!). We find ourselves on the jangly merry go round of romance. We are enthralled by romantic experiences yet flummoxed and irritated by the whole thing.
Are we enjoying it? Yes. Does it make sense? No.
But round and round we go...
May-We-Go-Round? is the company’s first work, and was supported by Arts Council England and South East Dance. After winning the The Pebble Trust Brighton Fringe Award in December, they completed a five-night sell out at Emporium Theatre as part of Brighton Fringe 2015. They were shortlisted for the Audience Choice Award and won the Fringe Review Award for Outstanding Theatre and South East Dance's Space to Dance Award.
May-We-Go-Round? is available for touring, represented by Sarah Trist Dance Management Agency.
“Genre-splatting, refreshing, inventive …
Theatre and dance that hurls custard pies at convention. Outstanding.”
— Paul Levy, Fringe Review
Chess and Cristina met at school as part of an extra-curricular dance company (in which they performed together, on a table, to the sound of Smack My Bitch Up by The Prodigy). They lived together in Leeds for three years, where they drank Sainsbury’s Basics Vodka, ate questionable home-baked gluten-free goodies and massaged each other’s calves. On their return to Brighton in 2014 they began messing around in studios, and The Hiccup Project was born.
Cristina trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons). Whilst in training she worked with Balbir Singh, Angus Balbernie, Hagit Bar, Gary Clarke, Charles Linehan and Rod Dixon (Red Ladder Theatre). During this time, her interest in the fusing of movement and theatrical practices developed. Her works The only issue is … and My journey to the floor … were performed at The Riley Theatre and Yorkshire Dance in Leeds, as well as Dance City, Newcastle.
Chess began her professional training with the Centre for Advanced Training at Laban, where she worked with Lee Smikle, Hofesh Shechter Company and Henri Oguike Dance Company. Chess graduated with a BA (Hons) from Northern School of Contemporary Dance, where she worked with Simon Birch, Rod Dixon, Rita Marcalo and Douglas Thorpe. Chess furthered her training with Jasmin Vardimon’s apprenticeship company JV2, touring nationally with work by Paul Blackman/Christine Gouzellis, David Lloyd and Jasmin Vardimon.