Sleaze Nation June 2003
Apart from the shooting of Abraham Lincoln and the events in Moscow last October, going to the theatre is usually a fairly safe activity. Dance Bear Dance, the latest production from performance collective Shunt, might change that. Based on the story of Guy Fawkes’ Gundpowder Plot ( the first major act of terrorism in London) the production was undeniably affected by 9/11 and the subsequent campaign against terror. Scornful of traditional theatre set up, Dane Bear Dance is performed under a railway bridge in Bethnal Green and worryingly, involves the audience. “It’s not like being picked on by a comedian”, reassures David Rosenberg, a man who likes to dress as a bear. “But it’s difficult for people to forget what’s happening outside and focus on a performance. Humour is one way we do this and frightening is another.” Don’t panic, darling.