- Lucy Ribchester
- 4 August 2012
This article is from 2012.
Slapstick meets slick dance in the new production from Irish company ponydance
Who knew dance could be so funny? Presumably all those who went to ponydance’s last Fringe show, Where Did It All Go Right? The Irish troupe is known for mixing slick routines and silliness, and this follow-up certainly won’t disappoint their fans.
This time we’re all in a nightclub to help bosomy Paula find a man, and as the evening progresses, the troupe slides in and out of outrageous costumes, disco routines and chaotic chatter. But if their dance moves are sharp, their comic timing is even sharper. Trousers end up around ankles, lippies are plucked from cleavages mid-routine, and game gentlemen are plucked from the audience to participate in the hunt for Paula’s suitor.
As well as slapstick and wit, the show is also a celebration of the joy of dance in everyday life; the nostalgia of finding fun in a pop song, the infectiousness of a good disco beat. ponydance has billed it as an exploration of filling time and there can’t be many ways to fill 45 minutes that are more fun than this.
Dance Base @ Silk Nightclub, 225 5525, until 16 Aug (not 13), 8pm, £12 (£10).