REVIEW: A Lyrical Dance Concert @ Northern Stage (25.2.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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If you like your theatre surreal and your pop music thick with a layer of irony then A Lyrical Dance Concert is certainly the show for you. A celebration of pop music taking the form of a whistle stop tour of guilty pleasures this totally surreal cabaret is equal parts music and comedy with a result that is joyful and oddly liberating.

Written, choreographed and performed by Newcastle born based Gillie Kleiman alongside Londoner Eleanor Sikorski the performance piece is inspired by the idea that pop music belongs to all of us and regardless of a song’s social baggage we as individuals ultimately have the power to decide its meaning.

With tributes to everyone from Britney to Whitney (via The Arctic Monkeys and Simon & Garfunkel) the show is a non-stop barrage of hits being performed as you’ve never seen them before. While the show invites us to liberate ourselves and celebrate our guilty pleasures there’s an undertone of subversion as songs that are as familiar to us as old friends and distant relatives are re-invented and re-presented in literal interpretation after literal interpretation.

A feast of music, laughter and lamé costumes the show is quite literally all singing and all dancing – and features just enough audience participation to only be mildly terrifying.

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