I Want to Dance Better at Parties begins as a live documentary about five individual men's relationship to dance. These men are represented on stage by five dancers and also appear on film projected on screens suspended above. From interviews originally conducted for a television documentary in the making, these men talk about dancing, their lives and more private thoughts and experiences.
The work begins as a more factual and informative demonstration about these men and the place dancing has in their lives and gradually evolves into a more subjective and expressive work about who they are. As these men divulge information of a much more personal nature the dancers on stage create physical, dynamic portraits of each subject. The piece thus moves out of the realm of documentary into being a highly impressionistic dance work, composed of a series of imagined private dances representative of the subjects' inner lives.
Choreography and Direction: Gideon Obarzanek
Video Projection: Michaela French
Original Music and Sound Design:: Jason Sweeney & Cailan Burns (PrettyBoy Crossover)
Lighting Designer: Niklas Pajanti (trafficlight)
Costume Designer: Paula Levis
Design realization: Donna Aston
Performers: Kristy Ayre, Antony Hamilton, Martin Hansen, Jo Lloyd, Lee Serle, Delia Silvan, Adam Wheeler
2005 Betty Pounder Award for original choreography
2005 Green Room Award, Concept and Realisation
2005 Green Room Award, Best Male Dancer – Antony Hamilton