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No Lights No Lycra: You Are Here Special. A Papercuts review

By 24 March 2013 4

On Friday night at around 10.00pm, some bemused policemen interrogated the security guard outside Fletcher Jones, the headquarters of the You Are Here festival. Inside the barren clothes store, in darkness, a mass of pulsating bodies danced riotously to thundering music. The police seemed sure that something unsavoury was going on.

Five minutes later, they left dumbfounded and unconvinced; someone told them that what they had witnessed was an event for the You Are Here festival, and that all of those people dancing maniacally, unencumbered by inhibitions or self-consciousness, were enjoying themselves without the assistance of alcohol.

It was of course No Lights No Lycra (NLNL), the weekly dance phenomenon where you can dance like nobody’s watching – because nobody is watching (it’s pitch black). Yes, NLNL have brought that carefree exuberant feeling you have when you’re dancing alone in your pyjamas to a large room filled with sweaty strangers.

Sure, your eyes adjust, and then you can pretty much make out that guy wearing bright blue stockings, the middle-aged man with his eyes closed who you imagine is living out an unfulfilled youthful fantasy, and that one couple that seem to be taking advantage of the darkness by eating each others’ faces. But there’s no judgment here.

Veterans of NLNL are also easily identifiable. They’re the ones discarding their shoes and socks immediately upon arrival, armoured with singlets, sports bras and gym shorts. These savvy dancers come prepared with drink bottles to take advantage of the complementary water and to counter the dehydrating effects of busting a move to the likes of Rihanna, Outkast, Duck Sauce, The Dap Kings, Cake and The Temptations.

And when the lights come on, the atmosphere is almost post-coital. A satiated air descends upon the crowd. Clothes, thrown aside in a fit of passionate dancing bliss, are haphazardly strewn across the floor and men and women alike are drenched in the evidence of their physical exertion.

NLNL is on every Tuesday night from 7:45pm – 9:15pm at Corroborree Park, Paterson Street, Ainslie.

Ash Goldberg

Ash Goldberg is submitting work to us as a part of the fantastic Papercuts program put together by the beautiful people at Scissors Paper Pen. The work and opinions belong to them, we are simply giving them a space to show their talents.

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4 Responses to No Lights No Lycra: You Are Here Special. A Papercuts review
#1
LSWCHP6:53 pm, 24 Mar 13

Christ Almight! Satiation…clothes thrown aside…men in stockings…people eating faces…passion…men and women drenched with…with…with something…!!!

How have I missed all this? I’ll have to make it along to one of these gigs and bust a few moves. Nothing gets a joint rocking like the sight of a fifty year old engineer strutting his stuff on the dance floor, yes indeedy!

#2
Pork Hunt7:22 pm, 24 Mar 13

LSWCHP said :

Christ Almight! Satiation…clothes thrown aside…men in stockings…people eating faces…passion…men and women drenched with…with…with something…!!!

How have I missed all this? I’ll have to make it along to one of these gigs and bust a few moves. Nothing gets a joint rocking like the sight of a fifty year old engineer strutting his stuff on the dance floor, yes indeedy!

If (as I suspect), your 50 y.o. ass dances like my 50 y.o. ass then it’s a good thing the lights are out…

#3
LSWCHP10:30 pm, 24 Mar 13

Pork Hunt said :

LSWCHP said :

Christ Almight! Satiation…clothes thrown aside…men in stockings…people eating faces…passion…men and women drenched with…with…with something…!!!

How have I missed all this? I’ll have to make it along to one of these gigs and bust a few moves. Nothing gets a joint rocking like the sight of a fifty year old engineer strutting his stuff on the dance floor, yes indeedy!

If (as I suspect), your 50 y.o. ass dances like my 50 y.o. ass then it’s a good thing the lights are out…

Hmmm…well yes, lights out is normally the best course of action for all concerned when I start dancing. Apparently it’s an OH&S thing…

#4
IrishPete9:14 am, 25 Mar 13

I’ve heard this event and phenomenon spruiked several times on the radio, but until I saw it spruiked on RiotAct I didn’t lick to how the title could be used in the anti-/pro-cyclist debate…

IP

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