Preview: If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming

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If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming

Film-dance-art medley from Titanic-loving performer

'It is definitely not primarily a dance show,' says Julia Croft, the creator-performer of If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution. An inviting mash-up of live art, dance, film and feminism, Croft's show has been praised in New Zealand and now makes its Fringe debut at Summerhall.

'I was inspired by many things,' she adds, 'being an angry feminist, a film theory essay by Laura Mulvey, my inability to stop watching Titanic and my love of Sia's "Chandelier" and confetti.'

In the show, Croft takes apart scenes from several films – Titanic, Notting Hill, Pretty Woman, Psycho and Basic Instincy, to name a few – highlighting the way in which they objectify women. But that's not to say she still can't enjoy watching them.

'I still love many of those films,' she says, 'especially Titanic. God, I love Titanic. I still engage with media that is problematic, but I try to identify the problems and not be passive about my consumption of these images. Having said that, I do try to watch films that contain more balanced gender representations. Like the new Ghostbusters. See it! It is amazing!' But go and see her show first, of course.

Summerhall, 4–28 Aug (not 22), 12.05pm, £10 (£8). Preview 3 Aug, £8.

If There's Not Dancing at the Revolution, I'm Not Coming

  • 4 stars

Julia Croft A rich contemporary performance collage of film scripts, pop songs, advertisements, elaborate costumes and dance all stretched, teased, shattered and reassembled to challenge the treatment of women’s bodies as spectacle in popular culture. If There’s Not Dancing uncovers the collective fantasies underneath…