There can’t be many stand up comedians whose CV boasts being movement director on a Glyndebourne operatic production, or choreographer at the Royal Opera House.
And there can’t be many contemporary dancers who can have an audience at the Edinburgh Fringe laughing their heads off (or at least not intentionally).
Tom Roden and Pete Shenton were both running contemporary dance companies when they started talking about working together, and decided to perform contemporary dance in a comedy club. You heard that right.
Tom explains: “It’s frustrating but most people look at the theatre, music and comedy listings, and ignore the dance. We want people who like the things we like to come and see our work. We want our work to be seen by people like our mates.”
The result is a mix of jokes and movement, standup and dance that has had audiences leap to their feet to give the pair a standing ovation. Apparently.
New Art Club come to the Bluecoat tonight (Friday, March 15) as part of the brilliant LEAP festival. They describe their new show, Feel About Your Body, as an uplifting, life-
affirming spectacle about how we see our bodies. An, ahem, “snippet of nudity” means the show is recommended for those over 16.
For tickets and more information, visit bluecoat.org.uk.