A Canadian play about same-sex marriage will be stepping onto the stage at Brock’s Studio Theatre this month.
First Dance, a play set just months after same-sex marriage became legal in Canada, tells the story of a man about to marry his partner trying to devise the couple’s traditional first dance. Through ballroom dance and theatre, his journey as a gay man is explored through the challenge of creating a dance for a ritual that has no history.
The play will be performed Sept. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. by the Tottering Biped Theatre company. Brock alumni Jeff Fox stars in the play written by Lisa O’Connell and co-starring Trevor Copp.
O’Connell got the idea to pen a play after attending a small LGTB-oriented performance festival where she saw Fox and Copp, two male champion ballroom dancers, demonstrate ‘Liquid Lead,’ a unique dance that the two developed in which the lead and follow switch seamlessly throughout the dance. It’s a form that they view as more in keeping with a modern relationship of give and take as opposed to the classic male/lead and female/follow formula.
Over the course of a year, Lisa interviewed Trevor and Jeff as they spoke of their experiences as gay adolescents, ballroom dancers and friends. Those interviews became the raw material for First Dance.
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