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Claire Cunningham invites you into the glittering and mysterious world of professional tribute artists: Internationally renowned artists with disabilities copy the movements, facial expressions, gestures and voices of showbiz greats, while destroying the myth of the perfect body. As the performers conquer the stage in sparkling costumes, questions about identity, acceptance, prejudices and even hostility arise involuntarily. The performance is intimate and provocative, it is humorous, and it questions society’s norms.


Choreographer Claire Cunningham and her ensemble of leading disabled performers invite you to join them for an evening at the {insert venue name} as they pull back the curtain on the glittering and mysterious world of the tribute artist.

Thank You Very Much takes to the floor with wit, glitz and a pulsating soundtrack. A performance that navigates up, down and all around society’s ideas of normality, and shakes up the myth of how bodies should be. The dancers pull on their sparkling costumes and ask: Who have we been trying to be all our lives? Has it ever been our choice? And what really is «the wonder of you»?

Relaxed Performance

Dear Audience
To make the performances of Claire Cunningham on the 21st & 22nd of October more accessible, we are offering «relaxed performances». For audience members, this means the following:

• You may stand up and move around during the performances
• Noise is permitted and does not disturb the performances
• It is possible to leave the room during the performances
• The foyer can be used as a place of retreat during the performances
• Our team will be available to assist you in the foyer during the performances
• Drinks may be taken into the performance room

For the performance on 22nd of October, we also offer German subtitles and a German audio description. A signed performance is unfortunately not possible.

A Social Story for your visit to the Dampfzentrale can be found here.

More information on «Thank You Very Much» can be found in this Visual Guide.

Masks are compulsory in the performance room.

For this performance we offer an audio description for people with visual impairments.

The dance performance is described live for blind and visually impaired people during the performance. Through headphones the events on stage are described in German language.

In order for us to be able to provide sufficient resources, we ask you to register in advance for the audio description via Please also let us know

  • whether you are fully or partially blind,
  • whether you will be accompanied and
  • if you come unaccompanied, whether you would like to be accompanied on site.

Prior to the show, there will also be a haptic tour. More information on the tour and registration here.

Masks mandatory in the performance venue. Admission only with Covid certificate (Swiss Covid certificate or EU/EFTA Digital Covid Certificate) and official ID (ID, passport, driving license). Further information here.


Created and conceived by Claire Cunningham. Dramaturgy: Luke Pell. Sound Design: Matthias Herrmann. Costume Design: Shanti Freed. Set: Bethany Wells. Lighting: Chris Copland. Associate Director: Dan Watson. Performance: Claire Cunningham, Dan Daw, Tanja Erhart, Vicky Malin

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

Produced by National Theatre of Scotland and Manchester International Festival in association with Claire Cunningham Projects.

Photos: Hugo Glendinning

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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