Review: We Dance, wee groove
Interactive dance fun for pre-schoolers and their parents from Still Motion
Take your comfy shoes for this enjoyable blend of simple dance theatre, pre-school disco and structured active playtime, because you’re going to feel like you’re missing out if you don’t join in.
In a darkened church hall, kids and their parents form a circle round the edge of the space. It doesn’t last long, as the four tartan-clad dancers leading proceedings warm up with a bit of cheery Scottish country dancing to the rousing strains of Runrig in the background. Very quickly, the space between kids, adults and the supremely spatially-aware performers evaporates, as everyone moves around the room and mingles together.
That the We Dance, wee groove format involves a cleverly guided structure, even as it allows the younger audience members to cut loose and do what they want in seemingly anarchic fashion, is its strength. With the aid of some simple graphics on the projector screen, a soundtrack which includes James Brown, Chic, MC Hammer and David Bowie, and a few inflatable globes rolled overhead, young imaginations are taken to the heart of the jungle and the depths of outer space, occasionally being herded back to the edges as the performers show off some breakdance skills or pick out keen kids to mirror their moves. It’s a simple, well-executed, great fun idea.
Seen at Church Hill Theatre Studio, Edinburgh, Sat 16 May, as part of the Imaginate festival