Collaborating Artists

Concept & Direction: Freddie Opoku-Addaie

Choreography: Freddie Opoku-Addaie with the performers

Performers: Azzurra Ardovini, Chris Rook, Louise Tanoto

Music: Sarah Shanson & Fried Dahn

Visual Design: Neil Wissink

Sculptures: Friedel Buecking

Costumes: Vera Tussing

Lighting Design and Technical Manager: Andy Hammond

Observation, Reflection & Feedback: Rosemary Lee, Graeme Miller, Dick Matchett, Funmi Adewole

Commissioned by: Robin Howard Foundation, 2009

Funded and supported by: Arts Council England

Special thanks to: The Place, ROH2, East London Dance, Jerwood Space, Moving Arts Base


Dance Umbrella, The Place, London – 19 & 20 Oct 2010

Decibel Performing Arts Showcase Contact Theatre, Manchester – 16 Sept 2009

Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, part of Bloom Festival, London – 7 June 2009

Premiere: The Place – full programme of Freddie’s works: Set In Stone?, Silence Speak Volumes and Bf , London – 7-9 May 2009


By Freddie Opoku-Addaie

Mis-thread engages the audience through bold vision and visceral emotion. In a search to unlock the secrets of non-verbal communication Freddie draws on folk and ritualistic forms, including Ghanaian Adwa dance, games, sign language, and energetic, often jagged, dance.  Accompanied by a live electric cello, which creates a mysterious environment, it is structured around a set of unstable situations leading to an unpredictable ending at each performance.

“We are often challenged in our communication by being trapped in verbal and non-verbal codes, which we don’t always understand or master. Even when we think we do, a conversation may not go as planned or end the way we want. Mis-thread presents this rift and unpredictability uncompromisingly on-stage.” Freddie



“The evening ended on a high with Mis-thread … it is easy to see why this choreographer is stepping into the spotlight.” Londondance.com


Interview by Donald Hutera for Dance Umbrella


Dance Umbrella Free Sheet ›


IMG_8887_filtered.jpg by BJ


Freddie Opoku-Addaie – Mis-thread from Dance Umbrella on Vimeo.


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