The joys and horrors of naked dancing

There’s a very funny story in The Guardian this week by Judith Mackrell on naked dancing.
The hook for the article is the season in Britain next week of Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde!, which translates as A Little Tenderness for Crying Out Loud!
The piece by the Canadian choreographer Dave St-Pierre explores “the fears and fantasies of 22 characters as they search for love in a brutal world”, writes Mackrell.
“But it’s also a work in which the dancers have to perform naked for much of the time; in fact, even more exposingly, they have to bring their nakedness right down into the auditorium, clambering over the stalls and fighting in the aisles – with their breasts, genitals and buttocks in wobblingly close proximity to the audience”.
Mackrell then riffs on nakedness in dance through the ages although she omits the famous Robert Helpmann quote, that “the trouble with nude dancing is that not everything stops when the music stops”.


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Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! Photograph: Dave St-Pierr

Un Peu de Tendresse Bordel de Merde! Photograph: Dave St-Pierre