On the rise and rise of the city day festival

Published in The Independent on June 29, 2016

You might be forgiven for thinking the UK had hit peak festival: every weekend from May to September offers a chance to lose yourself in a field. All summer long, train carriages are stuffed with damp tents, and newspapers stuffed pictures of girls in wellies. Continue reading “On the rise and rise of the city day festival”

The rise of New Year’s Day clubbing

Published in Refinery29 on December 29, 2015

New Year’s Day: hangover chill day on the sofa, with a box set and the leftover Quality Street, watching shit films and bemoaning the fact that you’re starting the year not as your best self… right? Wrong. New Year’s Day is now the perfect occasion… to go clubbing. Continue reading “The rise of New Year’s Day clubbing”

Can club dancing be an artform?

Published in The Independent on Sunday on March 1, 2015

Our understanding of dance is strangely segregated. There’s the dancing we do in clubs: for fun, with friends, after dark, to music that makes us unable to resist moving our bodies. Then there’s the dancing we see in theatres: professional, steeped in tradition, held at a distance. While both social dancing and performative dancing are the same at source – human bodies making meaning by moving to music – they remain walled off in practice.

One dance company is kicking down such distinctions, however. This week, Paris-based duo Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud bring their work altered natives’ Say Yes to Another Excess – TWERK to Sadler’s Wells for its UK premiere. As its capitalised reference to that squatting, thrusting hip-hop dance craze du jour signals, it’s steeped in club culture, but gives its moves the same attention to form and line that you’d expect in a contemporary dance show. Continue reading “Can club dancing be an artform?”