A queer theatre, dance & art company based in Berlin
Gone Off explores the loss of an atmosphere within the UK's 1970's and 80's queer club culture,
'The UK has always been known for its inimitable LGBTQ nightlife. We make sure we’re sillier than our New York counterparts, more anarchic than any night in Berlin and dirtier than the clubbers in LA (or so we like to think). However, over the last five years it’s hard to deny that the scene has undergone a rapid transformation. London especially has seen the closure of many of our most beloved queer spaces, from the Joiners Arms to the Black Cap, to Candy Bar, to Area and perhaps soon the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. We've also just found out that Hackney's cult pub The George and Dragon will be joining this long, depressing list.' (dazeddigital.com, Daisy Jones, 2016)
Clubbing has long been seen as a way for people to freely express themselves, especially amongst the LGBTQ+ community. but the 70's and 80's saw a rise in a number of gay clubs and its attendees, spawning a new haven for people of the LGBTQ+ community. The first ever gay club in the UK opened in 1912. It was called the The Cave of the Golden Calf but was closed down two years later However the 80's was a real turning point for queer club culture but it also saw devastating effects from the aids crisis and many people lost their loved ones. However dancers who were part of the vogue scene found comfort in their "families". Voguing is a dance style that originally takes its inspiration from the magazine Vogue and the pictures of the models' posing. It combines the linear shapes and poses with many different dance forms such as breaking and hip hop to create what we know as vogue and has become a prominent and meaningful dance to many people within the LGBTQ+ community. TobyLikesMILK have combined this with contemporary dance technique, Hip hop and Commercial dance to create a piece that displays the liberal nature of clubbing whilst integrating lip syncing and spoken word as a nod to the drag community. Gone Off is a piece that aims to visually stimulate and please the audience with its strident soundtrack and choice of dynamic movements with the hope of reigniting that sense of freedom that has perhaps slowly become suppressed within the modern queer club culture.