Equine inspired gogo dancing/performance and DJ sets created by Horseplay, a Bristol club-night with a reputation for quirky, off the wall performance. Horseplay first presented their stage show Dressage at O2 Academy Bristol in July 2012 and were commissioned by In Between Time Festival in 2013 to host a repeat performance at Lakota, Feb 2013.
DRESSAGE FEAT. HORSE MEAT DISCO
BRISTOL PRIDE FESTIVAL PARTY 2012
O2 ACADEMY, BRISTOL (JULY 2012)
Originally commissioned by Bristol Pride, Dressage at the O2 academy featured a headline set from Horse Meat Disco, live music from Queen of Hearts and alternate spaces hosted by Push The Button and Tranarchy, along with a full stage show produced by Mike Pony, which was later developed for In Between Time Festival 2013.
“I am still picking hay out of my mane! Seriously this was one of the BEST club nights I’ve been to in years. Big congratulations to Mike Pony and Jeremy Horwood and all of the Horseplay Bristol and Horse Meat Disco stables for the creativity, attention to detail and generally fantastic atmosphere generated. From the stage shows to the sartorial splendour of the herd and the disco fabulousness it all just rocked. Great end to the We Are: Proud celebrations”
Billy Partridge, Dressage Audience Member
“Utterly amazing day and night. I had a blast.”
Mark Whistler, Dressage Participatory Performer
DRESSAGE FEAT. CRUISING FOR ART
IBT13 FESTIVAL PARTY
LAKOTA, BRISTOL (FEBRUARY 2013)
Dressage for IBT13 was a development of our Bristol Pride party; an extraordinary club night with an equestrian edge, a microfestival in a club mixing leading DJs with cutting-edge performances and custom visuals. Dressage was re-commissioned for In Between Time 2013 and hosted by IBT and Horseplay; Lakota was transformed into an equestrian paradise and the entire club became a stage.
Performances sprawled out from the main stage to stairwells, side-rooms and even the attic in Brian Lobel’s performance project ‘Cruising for Art’ which delivered unique one-to-one performances to those brave enough to pick up a hanky. Cruising For Art artists included Stacy Makishi, Owen Parry, Lucy Fizz, R Justin Hunt, Luke Pell, and Season Butler. The main stage hosted a bespoke show of costumed dancers, choreographed pieces and commissions by Mike Pony and his creative team. DJ’s for the night included Pardon My French, Shambarber, People Like Us and Sink the Pink.
“A beautiful queer art transfusion.”
Anthony Brand, Dressage IBT audience member
“Integrating Cruising For Art into the party was a clever way of setting up connections and making the unexpected happen. It was really intriguing to find out where your curiosity would lead.”
Caroline McGill, Dressage IBT audience member
“What a fantastic night. Loved every minute of it!”
Daniel John Foster, Dressage IBT audience member
“Absolutely fantastiche! My thighs are still aching from galloping around all night.”
Kerry Patterson, Dressage participatory performer