We Happen To Be Dancing

A collaboration with Orley Quick. Work-in-progress sharing at Emerge Festival (November 2018) at The Space, London. Developed with the support of Roehampton Dance.

Created and performed by Sam Pardes and Orley Quick (The Borrowers)

We Happen To Be Dancing is a new project by The Borrowers – a newly reignited collaboration between dance artists Sam Pardes and Orley Quick. Working their way through a careful and indulging selection of borrowed information from YouTube through processes of copying and mimicry, the duo (re)consider their relationships to dancing, composition, authenticity and one another. Sliding between varying degrees of tension, their dancing raises questions of responsibility, accessibility, permission and cultural appropriation.

Photos by Adrienne Ming and Daniel Evans

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Trailer by Cher Nicolette Ho