Dance Dance Dance City Library Heard of The Frug
, The Ooble or The Popcorn?
Many of the women become so stimulated that they rise up and begin to perform the Frug
. Keep your Shakespeare, keep your Beckett.
Director-choreographer Rob Ashford is less resourceful than usual and only intermittently effective; his big idea here seems to be to add dancers doing the frug
in the background.
When I was rehearsing for Sweet Charity, we were working on "The Frug
," and Bob Fosse took the time to describe who our characters were and what they were doing--that they knew they were the latest and greatest.
"Somewhere between the Frug
and the Watusi, he met his wife (Jennifer) there."
(They're visible behind the shades of a second-story window, doing the frug
.) The most important difference, though, is that here Hussein is not completely constrained.
The characters announce themselves like dancers in "Hullabaloo"--Mousketeers all grown up and doin' the frug
. As Eddie, John Selya in jeans greets us with a spate of delighted pelvic thrusts; Elizabeth Parkinson's Brenda shimmies onto the stage as if out of a go-go cage.
Cheerfully, earnestly, the German artist urged his Chelsea audience to "Go do it, it's a Happening!" The viewers, most of whom were probably in diapers during the Happenings era (as Bock himself was), responded with sluggish amusement, as if they had been asked to dance the frug
. Some accepted the beer and cigarettes Bock proffered.
Popular rock 'n' roll dances of the younger set had animal names: the Dog, the Monkey, the Chicken; but the favorites were the Watusi and the Frug
. In these dances the partners gyrated, squirmed, jerked, and waved their arms--at a distance from one another, of course.
In the '60s and '70s, while performing the frug
, jerk, twist, hustle, and boogaloo, many people became absorbed in such isolated forms of self-expression that they never even bothered to touch their partners.
Then Michele came out and did the frug
. She is short, and she was wearing a simple black sheath with a big pearl bracelet.
Von Trier could use all those Dogma staples like natural lighting as he gets Britney, Ricky, Christina and 'N Sync doing the frug
and the Watusi on the beach.