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 explores notions of performance, beauty, excess, loss, ecstasy, and camp. 


Drawing reference from a range of aesthetics, particularly the Vanitas movement, this striking dance work seeks to challenge visual traditions. Grace Nicol works closely with composer Wilf Petherbridge & dancers Valerie Ebuwa & José Tomas to delve into ideas of presentation & representation.

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


Valerie Ebuwa – Dancer
Ryan Munroe – Costume
Laura Nicol – original V & A Set Design
Wilfred Petherbridge – Composer/ Musician
José Tomás – Dancer



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.