Discoteque Machine

Discoteque Machine, brought to us by Gianmarco Pozzoli and Alice Magione is a morphsuits show. I've never really seen the humour in wearing top to toe lycra to do anything, let alone dance, but to say that my mind has been changed is putting it enormously lightly. My mind is not only changed but blown.

Audience participation is risky at best, relying on it for your whole concept verging on crazy, but they had it, quite literally, all sewn up. Without uttering a single word.

The premise of this show is simple: there are six marked circular mats on the floor of the stage and at certain intervals – referred to as rounds – the house lights go up and members of the audience are encouraged to run on to the stage and fill one of the six spaces, as six performers in morph suits invite you forward. Once someone is on each mat, You are told to "never stop dancing" and told to just follow along with whatever your morph suited leader does at the front. The six volunteers then hilariously copy along, dancing to everything from I'm Sexy and I Know It to YMCA, Michael Jackson to Madness. The mix of music is genius as it's so all encompassing that everyone will hear something that they like and it moved so quickly you’d never get bored.

What makes this show so special in my opinion is not just that these performers are ridiculously talented – and they really, really are – but that they made everyone feel so comfortable. Their own dance ability was at times breathtakingly good, but without the slightest hint of intimidation or making anyone feel uneasy about getting up and joining in. By round five audience members were perched up the aisles desperate to be the first up and claim a space! They achieved the perfect balance of sitting back and being able to laugh and enjoy and then feeling like you're a completely valid and important part of the whole thing. Audience participation is risky at best, relying on it for your whole concept verging on crazy, but they had it, quite literally, all sewn up. Without uttering a single word.

Tell your family. Tell your friends. Go and see this show. 

Reviews by Hannah Lucy Baker

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The show where you can’t help getting up and joining in! Six rounds, 35 spectators on stage, 50 remixed tracks and just one rule: Never stop dancing. Get ready to be overwhelmed by the Morphs; with their splendid gags and crazy choreography they will take you on a real journey of ‘initiation". The Morphs are the main characters of the show, creatures that originate from a far away land that invite the audience dancing onto the stage. Their mission? Bringing joy and freedom to people cursed by shyness. The show is an irresistible, immersive dance experience!

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