Presented by Guru Dudu Productions Pty Ltd
Reviewed 16 February 2020
More thrilling than this ridiculous, laugh-out-loud dance-a-thon is news that the 2020 Adelaide Fringe season is also the launch of an ongoing Guru Dudu silent disco outfit in Adelaide, providing year-round disco goodness.
The silent disco concept has participants dancing to music that only they can hear through high-quality earphones. The dance takes place in a public space so passers-by can watch but not hear the music being danced to. It’s a joyous celebration of the absurd, bringing smiles and laughter both to those dancing and those observing.
Guru Dudu has taken this idea to the next level over the past years with a Silent Disco Walking Tour. Punters still dance and sing to songs that only they can hear, but now they dance down the streets with a comedic guide that gets them singing to strangers and dancing to outdoor diners.
Dani Disco (performer Dani Cabs) was the retro guide on 16 February, resplendent in bright orange, tight shorts and a hairy chest poking out of his half-open top. You couldn’t get more disco. With smooth grooves and a quick wit, Dani Disco quickly warmed up the team and had their inhibitions gone. It’s an extraordinary thing to see nervous, shy peeps suddenly letting loose in public.
Equally extraordinary is the enthusiasm of observers who sing along, dance and, in some instances, get up and join the group for a short spell. The silent disco concept epitomizes the love of life, laughter and community spirit. It’s a celebration of setting yourself free of your usual restraints and bringing others along for the ride. And it works.
Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tours are suitable for all ages but a certain level of fitness and mobility is required as you’ll be dancing and moving for up to an hour. Bring some water and be prepared to kiss your inhibitions goodbye. You’ll no doubt surprise yourself too.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Venue: Meet at the Malls Balls, 100 Rundle Mall, Adelaide
Season: 15 February – 15 March 2020
Duration: 50 minutes