The Moa (open-air) at Gluttony, Thu 5 Mar.
‘See Hugh in a new light’ this novel project promises. The dance party format has Sheridan behind a DJ mixing desk donning earphones and exhorting us all to move our bodies right from the get go. They hit the ground running with a non-stop groove and vibe. Mind you, it took me a while to realise it was him back there. The dim lighting combined with smoke effects and the dust drifting over from WOMADelaide nearby made viewing hazy.
But it’s all about the throbbing beats and familiar tunes, and these keep coming constantly. They largely drowned out the sounds of the tap dancing from the spirited dancers. It’s great to see this traditional skill still alive and kicking, even when you can’t hear it! Same situation with the ‘Beat Box’ duo – looks like fun but we hear nothing.
The dancers are all excellent athletes with a wide variety of styles on display. They continue to change combinations and costumes to keep us entertained and energised enough to join in the party.
Hugh brings a few friends into the mix – a saxophonist, a flautist and a lady who belts out a number – yes, she actually sings. Hugh reminds us of his roots in Adelaide, his hometown – “How good is Adelaide?” He regularly bounces out in boxer shorts from behind and then back to his desk and screen for the next big hit, while checking in with us again, “Are you having fun?”
A few token song and dance numbers were thrown in pretty well as an encore, just to show that the ensemble can all dance together, and Hugh sure can sing. It’s an upbeat celebration of love to enjoy with friends and those you treasure most.
HUGHMAN continues at The Moa (open air) at Gluttony from 6.30pm until Sun 21 Mar.
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