Troy Game

Troy Game

'A real humdinger' was how one critic described Robert North's Troy Game, choreographed for London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1974. It started out looking like any work built around athletic ability, until a beautifully formed pyramid collapsed and, with it, all seriousness. There were 'Keystone Cops' style chases, fighting duets and 'heroic' solos until everyone was too exhausted to carry on. Because it didn't present any obvious stereotypes of male dancers and was also genuinely funny, Troy Game was a great hit with more than the usual dance audience. In 1976, in Liverpool, the company Director, Robert Cohan, arranged for the dancers to rehearse and perform the show in sports centres and gyms, in an attempt to bring in new audiences. At the same time, he announced open classes, promising that, if there were more men than women in the class, there would be no charge. There were. It turned out that, to get out of paying, all the girls had bullied their boyfriends and brothers into going.