To the Bone

Year of Production


Up close and personal, To the Bone reveals struggles and rituals of a couple in what it looks like a domestic environment.

Commissioned by and toured as part of Bare Bones 3, DanceXchange’s in the round performance company, To the Bone was originally created with and for company’s members Vicky Manderson and Jacob Dorff-Petersen.

Through the sound track, we hear their real feelings and desires, and we get to understand what they real really think of each other. Only with underwear on, and carried in and out of the performance space as mannequins, the performers seem to invite you in to their bedroom and put their uncertainties and intimate battles on display.

Running time: 20 minutes

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“In Luca Silvestrini’s To the Bone, River Carmalt and Vicky Manderson squabble through a relationship. The soundtrack mixes songs and their voices, while the dancers grapple, shove and climb into each other’s knickers.”
The Independent
“The two dancers are carried on like dummies. Thereafter they are anything but puppet-like and act out their relationship to a recording of their thoughts, curious, loving, sexy, aggressive, with much power-play.”

Production Credits

Conceived and directed by
Devised and performed by
Also performed by
Music by
Sound design by
Photos by
Commissioned and produced by

Tour History

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

October 2011 part of Bare Bones, The Decade

The Linbury, Royal Opera House, London

October 2011 part of Bare Bones, The Decade

The Patrick Centre, DanceXchange, Birmingham

October 2011 part of Bare Bones, The Decade

Boiler House, The Wapping Project, London

13-31 January 2011 part of Dancing the Decade in Performance – Frontiers and Fragments

The Place, London

16 & 17 December 2005 part of White Christmas

Bare Bones 3, national and international tour

from March to July 2005

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