Poignantly hilarious and witty observation on contemporary dance...It’s the perfect example of how dance can be fun ... the mesmerising pair was a joy to watch" Jenna Corker, iReview Theatre
I laughed out loud...I smiled knowingly and felt a bit embarrassed when I recognised myself in them"
Created by Dan Watson in collaboration with Rachael Mossom and Matthew Winston
Performed by Dan Watson and Matthew Winston
Made possible by a Dance and the Homemade Commission from Chisenhale Dance Space
Jacket Dance is a duet about dancing ridiculously. Not as joke or ironic comment but curiously and joyfully. The kind of ridiculous perhaps found in excitable kids, excessively drunk wedding guests, dancers too old to care, too inexperienced to compose, too overwhelmed to self-edit.
We think there must be something seriously meaningful and interesting in the idea of ridiculous dancing.
We watched videos of extraordinarily unabashed children, old drunk men in car parks and popular comedians from the 1980’s. We danced to the lyrics of songs we loved and music we hated. We got confused and grossed each other out. We attempted to be authentic. We wore leggings. We tried not to care too much. We cared too much and apologised for not doing well. We wore jackets to be less rarefied.