You Can Take Me Home Toni

Lorraine Smith (Other), Daphne Karstens (Designer), Peter Heselton (Composer), Alyssa Lisle (Performer), David Griffiths (Photographer), Jennifer Essex (Other)

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance


This project continues Lorraine’s research into costume performance (the impact of costume on live dance performance), audience interaction and autobiographical explorations into the themes of Identity and Feminism. This project has been commissioned by Dance City (Early-Stage Commission) and funded/supported by Arts Council England, Teesside University, Curious Arts, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Pineapple Black Gallery and London Drawing.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2021
EventDance Edits : work-in-progress sharing of You Can Take Me Home Toni - Dance City, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Oct 202116 Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Main collaborators include performer Alyssa Lyle, costume designer Daphne Karstens, sound/visual artist Peter Heselton, dramaturg Jennifer Essex (Fully Booked Theatre), dance producing company Moving Art Management, and mentor David Tufnell (Less is MORE).

Performance description:
You Can Take Me Home Toni is an interactive auto-biographical dance theatre / costume performance, exploring the themes of Identity and Feminism through 80s pop artist Toni Basil. The work combines personal stories, music video recreations, innovative costumes, and eclectic choreography to explore the importance of having a flawed role model when growing up. The audience is invited on an outrageously honest, comedic, and visually dynamic journey of identity play and empowerment.
*Content warning: swearing, sexual assault, graphic descriptions


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