STAGE REVIEW: A Really Small Disco @ GIFT Festival, BALTIC, Gateshead (29.04.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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I’m certain to not be alone when I say that dancing in front of other people, particularly if you’re sober, can be one of the scariest things in the world.   

Using this premise as both the context for a comedic investigation, as well as an invitation to fill up the BALTIC’s dance floor, Lizzie Klotz, Luca Rutherford and Charlotte Bickley’s Really Small Disco is a gorgeous piece of slapstick comedy designed to make fun of the steps we take to try and make ourselves look calm and ‘cool’ on the dancefloor. 

Itself a performance piece demonstrating the difficulties of moving our bodies in front of others, the success of the production was in the use a number of solo dance styles, including the ‘standing still’, ‘staring into the distance’, ‘letting go completely’ and ‘shaking it out’ dances, to reflect back to many of us the processes and gestures we use when we feel we’re being watched and judged.   

Leading to an introduction for the room to join the troupe on the dancefloor, A Really Small Disco was a well-acted, well-conceived investigation into some of our deepest fears in modern life and socialising.   

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