Formed in 2013, CoDa Dance Company has established a reputation as the go-to provider of dance for neuro-disabled people, as well as creating outdoor performance work in community settings. CoDa is led by the artistic vision of Nikki Watson.
CoDa do not believe in the traditional hierarchical norms of professional vs community dance. One is not exclusive from the other and CoDa’s projects and performances are developed to allow them to compliment, guide and influence each other. Find out more about CoDa’s Methodology
In recent years CoDa has received a number of commissions including: Surrey Arts, Surrey Dance Collective, Wandsworth Arts, University of Roehampton and Ludus Dance. CoDa has also collaborated with larger arts organisations, including Emergency Exit Arts and Spare Tyre, to develop their outdoor work.
Delving deeper into immersive work in 2018, CoDa completed four Arts Council England funded research residencies for REwired: a multi-sensory dance work exploring the lived experiences of people with neuro-disabilities. This work paved the way for our current production – As The Floor Shifts – which explores virtual reality as a way of creating immersive performance in times of social restrictions and isolation.
“It is so important for anyone affected by MS to have a sense of how others deal with the illness and to constantly receive new input on how to cope with the different situations that MS can put you in. Whilst there is a lot of clinical and medical information out there, it is rare to have such a creative initiative to offer to patients, caregivers and medical teams to enjoy, incorporating elements of creativity, education and wellbeing.”
Laura Dajao, Sadler’s Wells