Rite Electrik

Rite Electrik

In 1984, in keeping with their aim to reflect modern life and attract young audiences, London Contemporary Dance Theatre presented Tom Jobe's Rite Electrik. When Jobe created the ballet, he was appearing in the evenings as Electra in the Andrew Lloyd-Webber musical Starlight Express. The main dancer in the photo is Darshan Singh Bhuller. In Rite Electrik, six girls and four boys strutted their courtship rituals in a disco-related piece with an underlying sense of evil. The cast wore Paul Dart's stylish, studded, leather outfits and punk make-up. The solo saxophonist had on what one reviewer described as a storm-trooper uniform and another wore tatty motorcycle gear. The choreography featured high kicks, gyrating hips, robotics, body-popping and martial arts. As the photograph implies, it was performed with fantastic energy, which made it very popular with young audiences.