GOD (Grumpy Old Dancers)

Choreographed and performed by Alan Greig & Andy Howitt. Produced by Jennifer Phillips.

These two wildly funny, contrasting choreographers have wanted to dance this duet together for the past 25 years. They are now old and grumpy enough to do it. Watch out.  It’s going to be wild, vocal, crazy and grumpy (sometimes all four at once).  It will cover weather, family, death, hair loss, love and YOU.

“Alan Greig and Andy Howitt had been meaning to dance together for ages: 25 years on, in GOD (Grumpy Old Dancers), they muttered and moved in a witty double-act of sniping asides and some equally sharp, athletic choreography that hinted, just, at oneupmanship”

Mary Brennan, The Herald

Performance Dates

Edinburgh Fringe: Dancebase Festival 2012
Double Bill with Gary Clarke

Friday 3rd August – 16.00
Saturday 4th August – 17.00
Sunday 5th August – 18.00

Tuesday 7th August – 19.00
Wednesday 8th August – 20.00
Thursday 9th August – 14.00
Friday 10th August – 15.00
Saturday 11th August – 16.00
Sunday 12th August – 17.00

See the full Dancebase Fringe Programme here

NowWhatNow?, Traverse, Edinburgh

24th November 2011

East Coast Moves, part of Dancelive Festival

9th November 2011

Review: Broadway Baby – 4 stars

6 August 2012

Ciyymoves Productions’ ‘GOD (Grumpy Old Dancers)’ combines two contrasting personalities in a darkly comic exploration of grumpiness. Andy Howitt and Alan Greig are the dancers and choreographers of the work, and have extensive experience spanning many years. The funny, poignant, and self-aware piece includes interpretive dance, spoken word and other similarly grumble-worthy topics.

This performance brims with maturity and professionalism. Greig’s characterisation (often camp and light-hearted) is naturally charming, and Howitt commands presence with his darker monologues. Their distinct personalities define the tone; Howitt’s sombre speeches are undercut by Greig’s playful wit to great comic effect. Despite lacking a little of the dexterity of their youth, when the men dance together they create a fervent, hypnotising intensity which is captivating to watch. The piece displays a real sense of frustration, overlaid by an emotional and diverse soundtrack. A moment of audience participation feels incongruent with the rest of the work, but on this occasion was received very well by the crowd. You are in safe hands with Howitt and Greig, and they deliver an unusual and delightful take on aging and generally being a downright grump.

On the other end of the age spectrum, Edge Fwd’s ‘A Beautiful Hell’ is powerful, enthralling and evokes an emotional catharsis by the end. These nine young male dancers explore human relationships, with a strong contrast between collective and individual movement, presenting a fascinating look at social exclusion, loneliness and group behaviour.

It’s a struggle to peel your eyes from this intensely captivating performance. The piece bristles with tension and the dynamic routine is executed with control and strength. The content is challenging; the dancers imitate women, explore homoeroticism, and even do some cross-dressing. In a section when the group turns to the audience to laugh at them, suddenly you become that lone dancer you were watching so comfortably a moment ago. This confrontation is an unexpected an inspired moment which forces the audience to personally engage with the emotion of the piece. An impressive and thoroughly moving performance, ‘A Beautiful Hell’ will make you consider your own relationships and leave you emotionally drained and gasping for breath.



Dance review: Nowwhatnow?, Traverse Theatre

By Kelly Apter
Published on Saturday 26 November 2011 00:00

THERE’S a lot of love between Dance Base and the community it serves. So when its artistic director, Morag Deyes curated an evening of performances this week, the Edinburgh dancerati was out in force to support it.

Although it was presented at the Traverse theatre, this was very much a Dance Base project. Stalwarts of the scene whom Deyes knows of old rubbed shoulders with a new arrival who had slipped Deyes a dvd during her travels (as many dancers do).

The result was an evening that celebrated dance’s less serious side. The title alone tells us all we need to know about Alan Greig and Andy Howitt’s duet, GOD (Grumpy Old Dancers). Although they trained in the same place (Laban) more than 25 years ago, the men are dancing together for the first time.

Greig ran X Factor Dance for many years while Howitt was the driving force behind Scottish Youth Dance.

Having earned their stripes, it was nice to see them front and centre, dressed in brightly patterned shirts and with fake comb overs, espousing the merits of grumpiness. Both men can still turn out the moves, and Greig’s repertoire of characters was as hilarious as ever.

Elsewhere on the programme Steinvor Palsson and Matthew Hawkins delivered a quietly charming duet, and clowns Plutôt la Vie served up an excerpt from their family show By the Seat of Your Pants.

But the main accolade of the evening goes to a Dance Base outsider – Italian Valentina Sordo, whose portrait of a dance diva unravelling in the face of external factors was unexpectedly touching.