Extremely Contrary… or … If I can’t dance, I’m not Coming is a new choreographic work by choreographer Karl Jay-Lewin and composer Matteo Fargion, the third work in their Extremely series.

The project will follow in the footsteps of Extremely Bad Dancing to Extremely French Music and Extremely Pedestrian Chorales ‘holding hands’, if you will, with the existing work through its preoccupation with pedestrian, well-worn and relatable movement material, choreographic scores informed by strict musical structures, and the reframing or recontextualization of familiar ideas and themes.

This new work will reference the early 20th century, deconstructing movement material from early silent movies such as the comedy and slapstick films of Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, as well as texts from the writings and slogans of anarchist feminist, Emma Goldman (1869-1940), particularly her famously misattributed ‘If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’

Image credit: Photo by Ellie White


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