Dance Doctor Dance! explores our relationship with movement
Doctor of dance delving deep into artform
This article is from 2010.
Peter Lovatt actually is a doctor of dance: he heads up the Dance Psychology Laboratory at the University of Hertfordshire. Given a biography that includes stints as a ballet dancer, cruise ship entertainer and expert-for-hire on The Graham Norton Show, Dance Doctor, Dance! was never going to be a straightforward piece of choreography.
‘The show is based around five areas we research in the lab,’ explains Lovatt. ‘Dance and thinking, dance and emotions, feelings in dance, dance and hormones, and dance and health.’ Along the way, the audience help Lovatt to examine the way dance affects our thought processes, and will be taught simple dance routines from the comfort of their seats.
‘Those in the audience who want to strut their funky stuff with me can do so,’ says Lovatt, ‘and I’ll show them how our genetic and hormonal make-up can influence how we dance at discos, weddings and at nightclubs.’
Bedlam Theatre, 225 9893, 8–28 Aug, 6.50pm, £9 (£7). Previews 6 & 7 Aug, 6.50pm, £8 (£6).