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Dance Makers Collective have discovered a secret underworld of dad dancing, and to create their new show they’ve called in the experts, their dads.
Interviewing and dancing with their dads revealed secret headphone and tambourine routines, African Dance lovers, 1960’s garage party dancing and so much more. The dads won’t be busting their moves on stage in Dads, but audiences will hear the interviews recorded by their sons and daughters, and their musical preferences form the soundtrack to the show. The team have taken inspiration from their family histories, memories of dance, and their own experience of being professional dancers. It’s not all daggy dad dance moves, although there’s a few, but a beautiful foray into the layman’s perspective on art.
“The seeds of this show came from when I asked my dad to come into the dance studio with me one day,” Director Miranda Wheen says. Her dad Alan is a retired furniture removalist. “I had an idea that maybe he could choreograph something. But we got totally distracted by his opinions on dance, his preferred moves, where you should or shouldn’t dance, what music you need.” Alan also revealed he was a bit of a dancer himself. “He has wireless headphones at home and he dances in his bedroom with a tambourine. It’s hilarious, he has his own dance practice that I had no idea about!.”
Cast & Team
Director Miranda Wheen
Choreographers Matt Cornell, Anya Mckee, Sophia Ndaba, Katina Olsen, Marnie Palomares, Melanie Palomares, Carl Sciberras, Miranda Wheen and Rosslyn Wythes
Composer Matt Cornell
Interview Composition Tim Roxburgh
Lighting Design Guy Harding
Dancers Anya McKee, Katina Olsen, Melanie Palomares, Carl Sciberras, Miranda Wheen and Rosslyn Wythes