Party, comedy and cabaret in Brighton

A Lyrical Dance Concert plays the Nightingale Theatre at The Basement, 24 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ on Saturday, November 15 at 7pm (www.nightingaletheatre.co.uk),

Spokeswoman Anna Goodman said: “Can a party be a comedy double act? And can cabaret also be a gig or an experimental dance performance? Gillie Kleiman, Sara Lindstrom and guest performer Eleanor Sikorski have all the answers when they tour the UK with A Lyrical Dance Concert from November until spring 2015.

“Number-by-ridiculous-number, Gillie and Eleanor take lyrics of chart hits by everyone from Mariah Carey to Jay Z and dance them out – stretching them, turning them, lifting them and throwing them up in the air. With joyful irreverence and serious fun, this show insists that pop music belongs to us and it can do what we want it to do.

“A Lyrical Dance Concert is a contemporary dance performance with DIY glamour. It is in essence a work of reclamation – music, lyrics and dances are borrowed, and with the help of the audience re-imagined, to offer opportunities exploring questions of value, responsibility, care and reverence.

“Visual, participatory, gently political and full of fun, audiences are advised to get their glad-rags on and experience this mixed-up whirlwind of glamorous divas, guitar solos and gangster rappers…

“Gillie and Sara, both artists working in dance and choreography, met in an artist’s exchange in France in 2010. Realising almost instantly that they shared a love of the twists of language and song that pop music offers, not to mention a common – and ridiculous – sense of humour, they set about planting the seeds of the show in Gillie’s bedroom.”

Anna added: “A Lyrical Dance Concert was created in co-production with Dance4, with additional support from Dance City, Northern Stage, MDT (Stockholm), and Konstnärsnämnden (Sweden). It was premiered at Nottdance 2013 in Nottingham, before touring north east England and the East Midlands. The show received its London premiere at Dance Umbrella 2013. Show development and the 2014/5 tour is supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional tour support from Chisenhale Dance Space and Greenwich Dance.”