Jennifer Essex

LIKE is a fun and revealing creative discussion through the body of two dancers extrapolated from the real life text messages of a couple in the early stages of a relationship. It will raise questions about the roles of tactile contact, body language and physical representation versus the one-stage removed world of social media and online interaction and how intimacy has the potential to be both harmed and heightened by technology.

Choreographer: Jennifer Essex
Filmmaker: Alex Blogg
Dancers: Harriet Bone and David Lloyd
Composer: Portia Graves

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If you’re not sure which way to cast your vote, asking yourself these questions might help:

What aspects of dance usually stand out to you?

What would make you go and see a dance performance?

Do you prefer to see dance that is technically skilful, and if so, what do you recognise as ‘really skilful’? Does it matter?

Is the gender, ethnicity or appearance of the choreographer/dancer important to you? Why?

Do you like to see dance that introduces new ways of thinking, ideas and concepts or is this based more upon the physicality of the dance itself?

Is it important that you can recognise a specific dance style in a performance, or do you like to see dance movement that explores new ways of using the body or expression?

How important is it that the dance explores issues and topics that are directly relevant to society or politics, or are you equally interested in work that is more personal, autobiographical? How important is it to you that it invokes an emotional response?

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Would you attend performances because you know the choreographer’s work already, or just because you like the idea being presented?