I've never seen my Dad dance. Have you? The reason I ask is that I saw this show last night at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta and it was all about DADS and when they first danced, or if they have ever danced at all. And it got me thinking about my Dad, and why I have never seen him dance.
DADS was performed and produced by a Sydney based company called Dance Makers Collective. The dancers asked their Dads questions about when they first heard of dance, and when they actually danced. They recorded their answers, and these recordings formed part of the audio for the performance along with some great music from years gone by. The dancers then interpreted their father's answers into dance.
The opening sequence of DADS was quite slow, which is unusual for a dance production as we are so used to them being fast paced. But then I realised that our Dads didn't grow up in the frenetic paced world that we have, and that life for them is perhaps always a bit slower. As the performance continued, it became obvious that this production was about a lot more than just dancing. The Dads in their interviews offered some fairly powerful messages.
A message from one of the Dads that has stuck with me overnight, is that "loneliness is lethal." I think the Dad was saying that when he used to attend dances as a young fella, he didn't feel comfortable dancing, so would remain on the edge of the dance floor feeling lonely. To me this resonates with people living on the fringes of our society, and how lonely they must feel and that in turn can be very lethal.
DADS isn't all deep thinking although, as there are some very funny moments when the Dads have you in stitches with their comments. For example, when a Dad was asked if he had dancing lessons to learn the waltz for his wedding. He had absolutely no clue, and you hear him yelling out to his wife asking her!
Now the ending of DADS is fabulous, and it almost brought a tear to my eye - but I'm not going to tell you about it, as you just need to go and see the show yourself. And I'll go and call my Dad and ask him why I've never seen him dance before.
DADS is showing at the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta for a limited time. Click here to book your tickets or call 02 8839 3399 for more information.