Last week I discovered The Last Dance, an exploration of love, life and connection in the 21st century, which was presented by Reuben Feels at Hoxton Hall. Go and experience it yourself if you are interested in doing something exciting, playful and unique.
The immersive play is set in a stern institute that claims that you are guaranteed to find your match by complying with workshops and a large list of behavioural rules, several for example were no hugging or smiling. One of the rules to be obeyed to enter ‘The Institute’ was that you had to wear matching uniforms of blue jeans and a white top. Seeing everyone in uniform in a row waiting to enter before the start of the production was a tense and exciting moment. It felt as if I was in some strange cult.
Firstly, we were escorted into a room (told not to talk at this point) and then the leader who runs the institute introduces the audience to his concept and most of all his hatred of casual sex and online websites. We are then taught how to interact accordingly by the staff of ‘The Institute’, they tell us that we are desperate if we are single and that we are in this position for a reason. It got even more surreal when we were told to convey ‘attractive signals’ by eradicating our individuality in the form of dance with strangers which was funny and exhilierating.
The prodcution ended in the stunning main theatre of The hoxton Hall…I wont spoil the rest!I found my involvement within the production was thought provoking, innovative and liberating. I believe that the play was about our attachment to the socialised view of perfection along with a positive notion of finding love for oneself and thank god it had a cheerful ending!
The Last Dance production is taking place Tuesday-Saturdays until the 26th November
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(This price includes an after party until 2am with DJ’s such as – Lenka and Scott Dickie (Wildkatz), Bee Shiver, Deano Ferrino (Magic Door), Aina Roxx and Earthboogie. Food provided by MEAT liquor and drinks by Red bull & The Merchants Heart.)
130 Hoxton Street