You may get to touch her
If your gloves are sterilised
Full disclosure: There is a real life germ free adolescent in my lockdown home. Plugged in and oblivious to my crashing around above him (I hope?). And it’s his mum who ignited the spark to use this song ‘cause she bloody loves it. And I didn’t know how great it was until this project and now I’m fully smitten. And this is my first time choreographing to PUNK. Into it.
In terms of the lockdown playlist, I see this as a pretty cool entry. It’s a bit clever-clever which makes it a very satisfying addition. The best ones are where it’s not totally obvious but works beautifully for the situation. They make you want to punch the air when you think of them (see also: No Scrubs, Zoom, Evacuate the Dancefloor). In the case of Germ Free Adolescents, we all know kids got a free hall pass with this virus. When we were first learning about COVID it was big news that young healthy people were not in as much danger as the rest of us. But this song has another reading too ‘cause it’s about germs and how to deal. Hot topic. It feels like there’s an undercurrent of OCD here and this is interesting considering the world we now live in…a world of hand sanitizer, masks and zero contact. I wonder, is the new normal a comfort or a terror if you are a slave to cleanliness?
This routine feels a bit different to the others and is definitely more stylised. It was also probably the hardest to film in the limited space. I absolutely loved creating it and when alone in my bedroom it feels marvellous. But the reality of this clip is that I don’t really do it justice and look disappointingly average (boo). I hope you fare better!
Disclaimer: These are not virtuoso performances. Just me, in an attic, grappling with an iPhone, creaky floorboards and a bad haircut. The sound is a bit ropey and the elements make numerous uninvited appearances! No left or right instructions – do whatever feels most natural to you…mirror me or flip it and use the same arms and legs as I do. Dancers’ choice.
For Antonia. θεά. (Greek, innit)