Future Fridays: Grace Nicol

Grace Nicol

Future Fridays at Chisenhale Dance Space

4th October 2019 | 7:30pm
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Originally created for the V & A, in response to the architectural and artistic context of the museum, I Only Laugh to Keep from Weeping’, draws from the Vanitas Movement to explore how the concepts of beauty, excess, loss and ecstasy impact on the body in performance.

‘I Only Laugh to Keep from Weeping’ lives in the edges between laughter and tears, between reality and fakery, between perfection and failure. Performers Florence Blackmore and Jose Tomas play extreme femininity, to weaponise our sexuality, to a live musical score performed, arranged and composed by Wilfred Petherbridge. This dance work seeks to challenge visual traditions.

This project was supported by Wac Arts, Trip Space and Dance Research Studio. Thank you to Claudia Palazzo, Laura Nicol and Valerie Ebuwa.


Florence Blackmore – Dancer
Ryan Munroe – Costume
Wilfred Petherbridge – Composer/ Musician
José Tomás – Dancer
Dramaturgy – Martin Hargreaves


Future Fridays is our regular programme supporting new work led by Chisenhale Dance Members. Join us for a first look at seven projects which shun conventions and face the future of performance head-on.




Grace Nicol is a choreographer, activist and founder and Artistic Director of Womxn SRSLY. Her artistic practice has a particular focus on object-body relations and materiality, within socio-political contexts. Grace’s choreographic work has toured nationally and internationally, winning a Stockholm Fringe Award in 2015. As part of her pedagogical practice, Grace also provides guest lectures for universities, most recently at Falmouth University and as an MA supervisor at ArtEZ.