50/50 at Brisbane Festival
15, 16, 17 September 2016
7pm to 9.30pm (Class)
9.30pm to 10.30pm (Social Dancing)
Judith Wright Centre - Performance Space, Brisbane, Australia
50/50 is a participatory performance class on Lindy Hop. Through conversations and demonstrations, audience members learn the basic footwork before the space becomes a dance hall for everyone to show their best swing moves.
Lindy Hop is a social dance that originated in Harlem, New York City in the 1930s. It is traditionally performed to Big Band Jazz music and is known for its acrobatic airsteps, where the partner is lifted off the ground.
Singapore artist Loo Zihan and his collaborators have been Lindy Hopping for more than a decade. 50/50 started with an exploration of their sexual and cultural identities in relation to this dance and the Lindy Hop community’s definition of authenticity. 50/50 is above all fun, but also challenges our preconceived notions of what, why and how we move.
This production is supported by the National Arts Council of Singapore and CultureLink Singapore, co-producer of the Singapore Series. First produced by TheatreWorks (Singapore) / 72-13 where Loo Zihan was associate artist in 2015.
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