SUMMARY: Trying to copy Saturday Night Fever a bit too much with the Disco set. Despite this I still quite like it.
CHAMPAGNE: Watered down Hofmeister just like you used to get in the discos.
SPOTTED: I wonder if Patti spotted what I could see to her left or did she just realise the audience had been replaced with a painted mural.
Comments for the following please
SUMMARY: A comment about the dance, anything you want to say.
CHAMPAGNE: Favorite moment from the routine.
SPOTTED: See anything unusual in the routine?
(you don't have to do all sections if you don't want to)
SUMMARY: I think this is one that probably looked good in the planning stages but flopped a bit on the night.
CHAMPAGNE: Gill's solo bit. I also think she was wearing the best colour.
SPOTTED: The audience are literally in a trance. Shame really as if they had been a bit more lively it might have added a bit to the performance.
SUMMARY: I think the statuesqueness of the assembled audience is a deliberate device on Flick's part. They have been asked to remain as still as possible during the dance as their function is to provide a tableau vivant, a motionless backdrop, onto which Flick is projecting the dance performance.
CHAMPAGNE: Gill's waddle.
I have to agree with you that they were under instructions not to move.
Quite obviously under instructions, that was never in doubt. Though the effect it creates is one of falseness, asking young people to stand perfectly still in a disco environment just looks plain wrong. Im not one of these fans who suggests everything FC did was totally correct and i think this is a case in point. Lets face it, the audiences around that time hardly moved much anyway say in comparison to early 80s shows. So allowing them to sway from one foot to the other im sure wouldn't have detracted to much from the main fayre of the routine, which was undertaken by the six dancers.
Who do you think would have instructed the audience to keep still, Flick or one of the production team?
I remember asking Rosie in her Q & A as to whether the dancers had ever requested that the audience keep still. Her reply was I don't really know why the audience were very still it certainly wasn't anything to do with the dancers, Flick or the production team requesting the stillness. On the contrary, I would have thought it preferable to have them moving and looking as if they were enjoying themselves!
It does seem some request must have been made on this occasion but my instinct feels that it was more likely to have been from the production team rather than Flick.
At this point in her tenure I believe that Flick had considerable clout when it came to the overall presentation of the dance routines. She was very much a part of the 'production team' in these instances, and although I don't know for sure this one suggests to me a Flick 'idea'. In devising a new routine every week there was a need to flex the creative muscle every so often, even if it didn't hit the spot every time. Whether it succeeded in this instance seems to split opinion but I for one think it works rather well.