Sunday, 26 July 2009

Let's (not) dance

It started during a performance of improvised Japanese contemporary expressive dance. I should explain. What started was my own personal heat wave reminiscent of the great Summer of 76. I was a drought area by 8:30pm. I was on fire. Head to toe. The Japanese contemporary expressive dance thing is more complicated. It was an odd thing to attend and I've probably damaged my children for ever, but attend we did. We came, we saw, we perplexed.

Look, there was a time in my life...I was younger...when (I believe the phrase is) I experimented with mind altering drugs...I was reading a lot of Aldus Huxley, listening to a lot of Pink Floyd and generally discovering things that could make me dance when god alone knows...I hated to dance. It was social phobia overcoming drug therapy with the possibility of a date at the end of the evening. The only trouble was identifying the end of the evening. Anyway, back to the point. This all new MS symptom was a heat rush that was tangibly reminiscent of those heady days. Only it wasn't any fun. It was just a rush of heat with nerve endings exploding and my body heating up from the inside out. A bit like being inside a microwave...although that is, I hasten to add, a guess. Don't try it at home home in order to contradict me...I believe you.

The thing about the Japanese expressive dance thing was that it was more like a mind altering trip than anything I've experienced for 20 years. Particularly when combined with the rush. Dancing across the stage a lady appeared with a large lump of dough attached to her face which she then began to pull apart and throw at the audience. I began to feel a deep seated and uneasy sense of familiarity. A performer that gradually taped herself to a chair with garish red duck tape took me right back to the late 80's. Gradually it all began to blend. MS, LSD, E. It became some weird anagram. I love anagrams. When I've worked it out I'll let you know. Meanwhile I will not dance, expressively or otherwise. It's too dangerous. Thankfully the heat rush subsided after a short intermission. In remission (t).

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