Take a number and dance with Bluemouth’s Stephen O’Connell.
Bluemouth Inc. have set shows in barbershops, funeral homes and dilapidated porn palaces.
Their latest, Dance Marathon, takes place in a traditional theatre - the Enwave - but there's nothing traditional about their approach. They're drawing on the Depression-era spectacle sport of marathon dances. Audiences get to act out their inner So You Think You Can Dance? fantasies, but if you get tapped on the shoulder you need to sit down and watch. See Openings.
Dance marathons happened during the Depression, and you're putting on this show during an economic downturn. Coincidence? Brilliant foresight?
You mean it's only just starting to be a depression? We ran out of money in 2003. We started eating rice and beans two years ago - how do you think we keep our sexy figures? And of course, we have our fingers on the pulse of the times.
Did you rewatch the movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
What? There's a movie? Yes. We definitely used the film and Horace McCoy's novel as source material for the piece. What spoke to us immediately were the dramatic elements of fatigue, degradation, competition, etc. But what intrigued us most about the film was not so much the plot but the directing style.
Why do you think some people are terrified of interactive theatre?
It's a reflex. The universal fear of losing control, of making an ass of oneself in public. Most of us associate interactive theatre with that hypnotist during high school assembly who made your friends cluck like a turkey or that scary clown with balloons at a childhood birthday party.
Speaking of bad memories, what if someone freaks out and regresses to a traumatic high school dance experience?
We'll use our powers of theatrical healing to mend old wounds and create positive everlasting feelings of joy and exhilaration. And most people will already be ruled out by the time we play the extended version of Stairway To Heaven.
So... what if your dance partner has body odour?
First of all, we promise to shower! We can't speak for everyone who will be there, so Harbourfront has generously donated deodorant for the bathrooms. (I think they'd like to keep their subscribers.)
What politician would you like to join in?
Obama's the obvious choice, but he'd upstage us for sure. Harper might be the more likely target - no risk of upstaging there. Or how about the leaders of Israel and Hamas - now there's a show!
What kind of music will be on - and are you taking requests?
Live music. Secret musical guests. Our vinyl collection. Yes to requests, but don't expect every request to be satisfied or we'll be there until dawn. Imagine the history of dance, but time-compressed.
Shows begin at 7 pm. How long a marathon are we talking about?
More than 3.5 hours, less than 4.5. We are still working, refining, honing, tweaking.... Check back with us opening night. But whatever you do, don't panic - there's alcohol.