Life as a touring contemporary dancer is tough.
You live on and off the tour van, service station to service station, Ginsters pasty to Ginsters pasty, Monday in Bournemouth, Wednesday in Scunthorpe. You create beautiful, artistic pieces but are often at the mercy of the costume director, who may take it upon themselves to dress you, for no clear narrative reason, in an increasingly-sweaty ‘bear suit’. And any time you do get to unwind, your fellow barflies – on hearing that you are a dancer – invariably demand that you prove it (‘mate, can you do the The Worm’).
Yet there are notable bright spots. This year 2Faced Dance, based out of the Courtyard in Hereford, returned for the second year to India to tour their latest show, RUN. For three weeks they swapped the tour van for the tuks tuks as part of an Arts Council England project to promote cultural exchange.
And by cultural exchange, we mean snapchatting monkeys, slo-motion backflipping in to swimming pools and buying knock-off jeans.
As well, of course, as taking an incredible homegrown show to places it otherwise would never have gone, while teaching classes to the next generation of would-be professional dancers up and down the world’s 7th-biggest country.
The five 2Faced dancers who took part in this #IndiaReimagined tour kindly agreed to give us a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road.
They have also been given free reign of our Instagram account, sharing pics and vids from their Asian invasion. Follow along with us here. If you can’t wait, here are a selection of our favourites.
RUN returns for a homecoming show at the Courtyard, Hereford, on Feb 23. More info and tickets here.