A same sex ballroom dance/ theatre piece about the creation of the First Dance for a gay wedding
As a gay man tries to devise a traditional First Dance for his upcoming wedding a chance encounter leads to far more questions than answers. Through Ballroom dance and Theatre, ‘First Dance’ explores the challenge of creating a dance for a ritual that has no history, and the dangers of letting one role define us.
As Tottering Biped's first original production, First Dance has toured to Hamilton’s Theatre Aquarius, London’s Grand Theatre, and as part of the International IMPACT Theatre festival. Its international premier happened most recently in Tirana, Albania.
Created by Trevor Copp,
Jeff Fox and Lisa O'Connell
Number of Actors: 2
Total on Tour: 3
"A deeply felt production that holds you in tangled emotions, heartfelt passion and exquisite connections with first love, first sex and first understanding of who you are. If you want to know what it feels to live inside a heartbeat surrender to the dance, passion and final exultation of thistouching piece of theatre"
- Gary Smith, Theatre and Dance Critic, The Hamilton Spectator
"The audience floats from nostalgic to the deepest level of hardship in the deepest kind of bond. In the end... the most important message isn't about the politics of the gay identity. It is about love."
- T.M. Chartrand, Urbanely Urbane
"...gives the marvel to marvelous... repeated scores of thrilling moments, arousing last night's audience to emotional gasps and joyous bursts of explosive laughter."
- Tom Mackan, View Magazine
"Moving from this intimate moment to scenes set in salsa clubs, small-town backyards, to Algonquin lakes and 1908s-era World Wrestling Federation matches, this funny, poignant play is far from typical stock fare."
- Leah Sandals, Kitchener Post