i want to dance better at parties

Gid is at it again. Not content with ballet for a contemporary democracy, now he wants to go sick outside his living room. I want to dance better at parties is currently on in Melbourne, and the critics, well they love it.

Well Gideon Obarzanek has done it again. This time he has given us dance as sociology, possibly even social work, in a multi-layered presentation that is both engaging and thought-provoking.

I Want to Dance Better at Parties arose out of a film documentary Obarzanek made exploring the attitudes of men towards dancing. Rather than doing another nationwide survey like the one that resulted in Wanted: Ballet for a Contemporary Democracy, this gets up close and personal, drawing upon interviews with five men.

The title belies the reality, as three out of the five have a strong affiliation with different forms of dance. The fourth, whose musings gave the title, arrived at dance late, taking it up to allow him to dance better at parties, while the fifth fell into that presumed stereotype that does not feel comfortable dancing and therefore tries to avoid it.