About Hot House

A welcomed blazing commentary of the energy currently circulating society.

(The Crack Magazine)

Protest becomes party in Hot House, the latest work from Richard Chappell Dance, which invites us to consider how the impact of the cost-of-living crisis can be turned into a defiant, powerful celebration of collective resilience. Fusing highly physical contemporary dance, atmospheric lighting, and an eclectic score influenced by Chinese, Indian and European classical music played live by a violinist Enyuan Khong, Hot House is a love letter to how music can give us an irresistible urge to move and feel.

Providing a space for audiences to come together and be uplifted by Richard Chappell Dance’s ensemble of outstanding performers, Hot House conjures the intensity of a fire sparking, burning bright, and ultimately reducing to embers before being revived - reflecting on how our inner flame can manifest courage, strength, and compassion.

About Richard Chappell Dance

Based in the South West of England, Richard Chappell Dance has created memorable and moving dance experiences for audiences across the UK and internationally for the last decade. The company works at the forefront of interdisciplinary collaboration, presenting work on stage and screen and through large scale participatory projects.

Recent works include, Infinite Ways Home which toured to 10 venues across the UK, Heart Land commissioned by BBC Arts and One Dance UK and a Supporting Acts programme, which commissioned and develop the practices of early career artists. In 2024, Richard Chappell Dance was announced as the recipient of the Stomping Ground Commission which will see the company reimagine its climate activist film Heart Land into an interdisciplinary outdoor dance performance titled Land Empathy.


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Choreographer and Artistic Director: Richard Chappell
Composers: Larch (Matthew Allmark and Kai Hellstrom)
Composer and Violinist: Enyuan Khong
Dancers: Juan Sanchez Plaza, Simone Donati, Faye Stoeser, Tia Hockey, Marla King
Rehearsal Directors and Choreographic Facilitators: Rob Anderson, Faye Stoeser, Kevin Table
Costume Stylist: Faye Stoeser
Music Featured: ‘Charukeshi’ - Reena Esmail, ‘Sonata for solo violin in G minor’ - Johann Sebastian Bach
Dramaturg: Neus Gil Cortes
Lighting Designer: Joshie Harriette Associate
Lighting Designers: Ed Saunders, Laurie Loads
Production Manager, Set Designer and Creative Facilitator: Charlie Knight
Producer: Clare Parker
Past Dancers: Ena Yamaguchi, Hannah Hernandez, Aisha Namaani, Jack Thomson, Josh Attwood
Communications Consultants: Robert James, Lucy White
Board of Directors: Danny Tokay Reid, Lois Taylor, Bojana Daw Srdanovic, Kio Tomiyama

Hot House has been commissioned by Dance City and the Gillian Dickinson Trust and funded by Arts Council England and The Linbury Trust. The work has been supported by Theatre Royal Plymouth, National Dance Company Wales, Exeter Phoenix and DanceEast.

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