Photography: Tom Martin
In a mixed-up whirlwind of glamorous divas, guitar solos and gangster rappers, A Lyrical Dance Concert revisits the lyricsof well-loved pop music and transforms their powers through an unlikely choreographic lens.
Inspired by the common-knowledge nature of pop songs, A Lyrical Dance Concert asks questions about what is shared and what is individual: what can we do together that we can’t do alone?
The show moves through sincere recital, detailed dancing, absurd wrestling match, raucous sing-along, sentimental slow-dance – and even a kind of hip-hop self-help group! Somehow, suddenly, the unexpected pairings of Mariah Carey and Dire Straits, punky shouting and angelic warbling, beautiful frocks and DIY logo-sweatshirts come together to form an experience that is spirited, challenging, and, most of all, a real fun time!
The work has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England in co-production with Dance4, with additional support from Dance City, Northern Stage, MDT (Stockholm), and Konstnärsnämnden (Sweden)