Dancing in the back of the bus
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00p.m.
By Jenny Suo
There's never been anything terribly exciting about using public transport, but a dance company has turned the mundane task of taking a bus into an urban adventure.
The show Back of the Bus stemmed from dancer Sacha Copeland's childhood dream.
“When I was a little kid I used to just sit on a bus and think, wow you could swing on that, or you could roll along there, and I thought I'd love to do that one day.”
The performance follows three characters portraying everyday people that you'd meet on a bus.
Its purpose is to explore what it'd be like to peer into the lives of strangers, so it only made sense to follow them home.
“I wanted my character to have a transformation moment - when she decides to have a shower in her clothes, she just gives in to the will of the world,” says Ms Copeland.
And despite the danger of dancing in a moving vehicle the performers say after more than 100 shows they've never had a single injury.
Back of the Bus departs from outside Auckland's Q theatre everyday until Saturday.
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