Can a party be a comedy double act? And can cabaret also be a gig or an experimental dance performance?
Gillie Kleiman, Sara Lindstrom and guest performer Eleanor Sikorski have all the answers in A Lyrical Dance Concert, which has been touring the UK since November, and will conclude at the Maltings, Berwick later this month.
Number-by-ridiculous-number, Gillie and Eleanor take lyrics of chart hits by everyone from Mariah Carey to Jay Z and dance them out – stretching them, turning them, lifting them and throwing them up in the air. With joyful irreverence and serious fun, this show insists that pop music belongs to us and it can do what we want it to do.
A Lyrical Dance Concert is a contemporary dance performance with DIY glamour. It is in essence a work of reclamation – music, lyrics and dances are borrowed, and with the help of the audience re-imagined, to offer opportunities exploring questions of value, responsibility, care and reverence.
Visual, participatory, gently political and full of fun, audiences are advised to get their glad-rags on and experience this mixed-up whirlwind of glamorous divas, guitar solos and gangster rappers.
Gillie and Sara, both artists working in dance and choreography, met on an artist’s exchange in France in 2010. Realising almost instantly that they shared a love of the twists of language and song that pop music offers, not to mention a common – and ridiculous – sense of humour, they set about planting the seeds of the show in Gillie’s bedroom.
Sara says: “We’re so excited to be able to meet people across the country with this show.”
A Lyrical Dance Concert is at The Maltings on Saturday, February 28 at 8.30pm. Call 01289 330 999.