‘It might just be, you know, a certain move of the neck or a facial expression. You don’t have to give any more information. They know who it is.’
Janny James, tribute artist

Choreographer Claire Cunningham and her ensemble of leading disabled performers invited us to join them for a drink at a Cheetham Hill social club as they pull back the curtain on the glittering and mysterious world of the professional tribute artist.

Fresh from intimate conversations and crash courses with a range of tribute artists, Thank You Very Much takes to the floor in witty and revealing fashion. The company pull on their sparkling costumes to ask: Who have we been trying to be all our lives? Has it ever been our choice? And is anyone ever truly incomparable?

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland and Perth Festival in association with tanzhaus nrw and Dance Umbrella. Produced by Manchester International Festival and National Theatre of Scotland.

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International Presentations


11–13 Oct 2019
tanzhaus nrw


31 Oct – 2 Nov 2019
Couper Institute

Compelling and illuminating.

The Guardian

A life-affirming display of community spirit that would make Elvis quiver with pride.

The Herald

Intimate, cerebral and emotive, meditative and positive, with a powerful eye for the striking visual moment.

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Creative Team

Claire Cunningham Concept & Choreography
Dan Watson Associate Director
Bethany Wells Designer
Christopher Copland Lighting Designer
Matthias Herrmann Sound Designer & Composer
Shanti Freed Costume Designer
Luke Pell Dramaturg


Claire Cunningham
Dan Daw
Tanja Erhart
Vicky Malin

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