New Art Club
Balletic musings on the meaning of ‘now’
This article is from 2009.
Tom Roden was 13 when the compilation Now That’s What I Call Music was released back in 1983. He and his girlfriend broke the law by taping it on cassette from the vinyl. That year, Tom was a goth. He was also a New Romantic, a breakdancer, a mod, and a rocker too, and this show is his nostalgic look back at the era – and that momentous album – accompanied by his dance partner in crime, Pete Shenton.
Watching grown men skipping to ‘Double Dutch’, wearing shoulder-padded jumpsuits and doing interpretative ballet to Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ is probably not everyone’s bag, but if you hold any kind of attachment to the 80s, and the soft-rock, power balladeering and air grabbing of that time, it’s a tongue-in-cheek treat.
Ponderings on the real meaning of ‘now’ and its Buddhist associations seem a bit superfluous in a show that works best when it’s just two men losing their inhibitions and doing bad dancing. Cod-philosophy aside, it’s a slick, warmly delivered and occasionally bloody funny slice of modern dance-meets-comedy fun.
Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 18), 6pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).