“The Condors’ comedic logic [is] as intriguingly random as the Japanese cartoon style called anime – and their personas just as cute.”
The New York Times
Founded in 1996, the Condors are known for their bold, frenetic and kitschy aesthetic in a fast-paced episodic structure mixing dance, video and slapstick sketches, much like an out of control TV variety show. The exuberant group performs in gakuran, the typical Japanese black school uniform for boys, calling to mind the boyish and irrepressible joie de vivre of youth.
Founded and directed by the choreographer and dancer Ryohei Kondo, the Condors met at university and have since branched out into pop music, radio shows and children’s TV. Rebelling against serious concert dance and high-tech society with clever irreverence and using pop culture to critique itself and plain culture too, Condors has a pop-group appeal all of its own.
Electric, sweaty, outrageous and hysterical, the Condors first performed in New York in 2000, returning for a sell-out run in 2001 with additional performances in Los Angeles. Their run at the Lilian Baylis Theatre marks the company’s UK debut.
Press night: Friday 12 January 2007 at 8pm