Claire balances herself on Jess Curtis.
Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis. The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight. Performed at Southbank Centre's Unlimited Festival 2016. Image by Rachel Cherry for Unlimited.

Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis – The Way You Look (at me) Tonight

How do we look at each other? How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? Can we change how we see others?

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight was a social sculpture – a sensory journey, for two performers and an audience. Developed in collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë, leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis danced, sung, told stories and asked questions combining performance, original music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.

Claire and Jess performed an evening-length duet that excavated their own ways of seeing each other – as a man and a woman of different ages, bodies and backgrounds. In 2005 Jess was the choreographer who first introduced Claire to movement, leading to her career as a choreographer in her own right.

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight was shortlisted for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text’ category for the 2016/17 performance season.

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland and a current Factory Artist with Tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, Germany and Associate Artist in The Place, London. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Claire’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies). This runs alongside a deep interest in the lived experience of disability and its implications not only as a choreographer but also in terms of societal notions of knowledge, value, connection and interdependence.


30 May 2019
14 May 2019
The Place
8-9 May 2019
Umea Norrlandsen Opera
2-3 May 2019
Tanzhaus Zurich, Zurich
17-18 April 2019
3-4 November 2018
30-31 October 2018
Tafelhalle, Nuremberg
21 August 2018
14-15 March 2018
8-11 Febuary 2018
2-3 Febuary 2018
Flynn Centre, Burlington

10-13 November 2017
Gibney Dance, New York

9-10 November 2017
Spielart, Munich

19 - 20 May 2017
the Place, London

29-30 April 2017
Tanzhaus, Duesseldorf

2-6 November 2016
Ufer Studios,  Berlin, Germany

22-23 October 2016
Dance Place, Washington DC, USA

14-15 October 2016 
29 September – 9 October 2016 
Counterpulse,  San Francisco, USA

22 September 2016
15-16 September 2016
6-7 September 2016

Production details

Claire Cunningham & Jess Curtis
Artistic collaborator and consultant
Dr. Alva Noë
Dramaturgical support
Luke Pell
Matthias Herrmann
Video artist
Yoann Trellu
Costume and Set design
Michiel Keuper
Lighting design
Chris Copland
Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis, Alva Noë including excerpts from Varieties of Presence and What We Know Best by Alva Noë and Nicole Peisl


Production images

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