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When it comes to choreography and dance, Peter Groom likes to take risks. He believes in pushing dance forward in engaging new ways, bringing together the technical aspects of dance with theatrical flair. It’s no surprise then that his latest production Go Away Johnny, which comes to ARC Stockton on Wednesday 17th and Dance City, Newcastle on Saturday 20th October, brings all of these elements together in a stunning exploration of the fickle nature of memory.

Groom’s production references a line from Billy Wilder’s 1948 film A Foreign Affair, as Marlene Dietrich is being urged to remember a particular moment. Capturing some of Dietrich’s glamour, Go Away Johnny is set on a giant sheepskin rug as six performers come together to search for a connection with one other. The piece looks at how memories can be partially restored in specific moments but only reveal themselves as fragments of a certain time or place. Whether it’s a brief encounter, a snippet of conversation or a faint touch, Groom and his dancers capture the often strange nature of recollection. It’s true that memories can be fleeting, but Go Away Johnny will linger in the mind long after the curtains have closed.

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