Better When I’m Dancin’: How we made this blog into a dance performance

So just over a week ago, I took my dancer Jodie, a USB flash drive and a five-page lighting document to The Place Theatre in London’s beautiful Bloomsbury, and we presented an all-dancing slightly-singing version of the very blog you’re reading now. I have had some actual FAQs about how (and why) we did it, so here are some frequent answers and my one-of-a-kind guide to making your parenting blog into a dance theatre performance:

1. No, I didn’t perform in the piece. I like performing in other people’s pieces, but I like being able to watch and direct my own from the outside (most of the performance work I create is made on other people).  It was a pleasure to direct Jodie, who did an absolutely bang-up job of embodying all my maternal pains and pleasures. Plus I am quite old and tired these days and Jodie frankly gave a superior performance to anything I can currently muster.

2. No, Scarlett wasn’t in the piece (at least, not live on stage). She’s at an awkward developmental stage between “static enough to remain in one place for twenty minutes” and “can be directed at least enough not to run into the sidelight booms” so it wasn’t really a safe idea to let her be on stage, although I honestly considered it. She’s present in other ways, though.

3. No, Darien wasn’t in it either; his presence was mostly soundtrack-related.

4. Yes, #damnthatPeppaPig is a real hashtag. A very real hashtag.

5. All of the sections of dance were taken from existing blog posts, most of them made during the first year. The posts I used were: this one; this one; this one; this one; this one and, by overwhelmingly popular request, this one.

6. We also had some little choreographic nods to these three playlists.

7. Feedback we had from parents was that a lot of the scenes were very familiar. Feedback from non-parents was that a lot of the scenes were still very familiar; I guess these things are both recognisable and somewhat universal.

8. Yes, that’s me singing on I’m So Tired. D’ylikeit?

9. No, that’s not me on Single Babies, that’s my friend and fellow mummy Gemma. She’s amazing. She sang that vocal while eight months pregnant, and while actually balancing a toddler on her hip. (I did some backing yelps).

10. No, that’s not a real choir on Bathtime for Scarlett. That’s Darien and his audio magic. Good though, innit?

11. Yes, we hope to go out on the road again and I’m in the process of sorting that out. Watch this space!

Video below! Let us know if you have any more questions on the back of a used theatre ticket, or in the comments. Mwah, mwah!

 

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