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The Way You Look (at me) Tonight

The Way You Look at me Tonight

How do we look at each other?

How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? Can we change how we see others?

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight is a social sculpture-a sensory journey, for two performers and audience.  Developed in collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë, leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis dance, sing, tell stories and ask questions combining performance, original music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.

In collaboration video artist Yoann Trellu, composer Matthias Herrmann, dramaturge Luke Pell, set and costume designer Michiel Keuper and lighting designer Christopher Copland, they perform an evening-length duet that excavates their own ways of seeing each other-as a man and a woman of different ages, bodies and backgrounds. In 2005 Curtis was the choreographer who first introduced Cunningham to movement, leading to her career as a choreographer in her own right. Now a decade later they return to work together to co-create The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight.

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight was shortlisted for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award in the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Music/Sound/Text’ category for the 2016/17 performance season.



“Smart, sensitive and sometimes sensual… well worth seeing” ★★★★ The TimesFull article
“In this deconstructed environment, there are no solutions, no rights or wrongs, only other possibilities and other ways of thinking about life and death. This is where the interesting choreography takes place, Noe assures us. And he’s right.” London DanceFull article
“They were both endearing, the whole performance was. I felt very warm all night.” The White PubeFull article
“Open, tactile, dynamic, strong, gentle. Mobile. Moving.” A Younger TheatreFull article
“their tender togetherness an affirmation of looking beyond appearances and seeing another person for who they really are” The HeraldFull article
“I have never been so transfixed” Glasgow GuardianFull article


Running time approx 1h 30 minutes
Recommended for ages 14+, contains swearing.

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Created and performed by Claire Cunningham and Jess Curtis
Philosophical Consultation Alva Noë
Composed by Matthias Herrmann
Costume Design Michiel Keuper
Dramaturgy Luke Pell
Video Design Yoann Trellu
Lighting Design Chris Copland
Publicity Image Sven Hagolani

Click here to find out more about the Creative Team

The Way You Look (at me) Tonight has been made possible by support from the following funders and organisations:

Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012, co-commissioned by Tramway Glasgow and supported by The Place London, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and British Council.

The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, The San Francisco Grants for the ArtsArts Commission, The Zellerbach Family Foundation San Fransisco Grants for the Arts.

Fonds Darstellende Künste, Kofinanzierungsfonds des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin – Senatskanzlei Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Previous Performances

  • Southbank Centre, London
  • Tramway, Glasgow
  • California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos
  • Counterpulse, San Francisco
  • Miami Dade County Auditorium, Miami
  • Dance Place, Washington DC
  • Ufer Studios, Berlin