Why Are People Clapping!?

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Why Are People Clapping!? is a cheeky, uplifting, short work created by NDCWales dancer Ed Myhill. Set to composer Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’, this family-friendly piece uses rhythm as a driving force. The 15 minute work begins as a series of playful scenes accompanied only by live clapping, in which the dancers play a game of tennis, encounter themselves in the mirror, and compete in a pose-off. The final section brings the scenes together in a joyful sequence of clapping, stamping and jumping set to the soundtrack of ‘Clapping Music’. It’s 15 minutes of face-pulling, toe-tapping, joy which is equally entertaining for children and adults. The work can be accompanied by a short interactive workshop delivered by the dancers directly after the performance.

This dance work is for 5 dancers and is performed in a thrust stage set-up, and can be performed on grass or on mats laid on a flat hard surface (provided by NDCWales). The piece was originally conceived for small-scale indoor touring, premiered in November 2019. The work is being developed for outdoor performance and will be premiered in Summer 2021.

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Show Details

  • Date Created: 2021
  • Length: 15 minutes
  • Performance area: 10m x 10m preferred
  • Approx. get-in / get out: 1hr get-in/1hr get-out
  • Number. of people on road: 8
  • Workshops available: Yes
  • Access facilities: Relaxed performances
  • Scale: Small scale
  • Capacity: Under 500
  • Availability: Has touring availability
  • Language: Non-text based
  • Audience type: All audiences, all ages

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Why Are People Clapping!? (2019 indoor version)