Knot Review

Knot – Introducing myself to new experiences and art forms

Hello everyone!

My name is Emma Hall, I am a second-year journalism student and I am currently doing my work experience at Deda. I’ve never been the kind of girl to feel confident performing in front of people or creating dance routines in my bedroom singing into a hair brush, but I think it will be interesting to join an organisation that’s so far away from my initial interests to see how it works and what makes the place tick.

As one of my first tasks I was asked to go along to Knot, an acrobatic duet which explores the trials and tribulations of two individual’s journey surrounding love and relationships.

Completely alien to dance and the more exotic art forms, I attended Nikki and JD’s production not knowing what to expect. My first thoughts were expressive and impressive acrobatic skill and death defining stunts, but I wondered how their story telling abilities would be successful if they were throwing themselves around a stage…

Yet I was not disappointed.

As my parents and I, who have about as much dance experience as me, arrived at the buzzing foyer which was host to an extremely varied audience, from children to people in their 60s and 70s, men and women, everyone looked excited to be there and see what Nikki and JD had in store for them. Once the performance got underway, the excitement in the room was even more electric.

Starting off with an introduction of who they are and establishing what their relationship with each other is, Nikki and JD almost fooled their audience into a false sense of security that this was going to be like any other fairy tale love story where boy meets girl, they go through a rough patch, they work it out and they both live together happily ever after. But then with a smattering of humour and mesmerising lifts and drops technically thrown together, they reveal their true identities and we find that they are both just normal people finding their way through life.


Using a high powered routine Nikki expressed her frustration about keeping a boyfriend when she spends most of her time with JD, causing any potential long-time partner to become jealous. The audience sees her taking out her anger on JD in a poetic yet robust duet, whilst JD opens up about how being gay affects his family and what they think of him. He speaks about how he wonders if they’re proud of him which is supported by a truly beautiful sequence in which Nikki takes the part of JD’s base, showing her strength and control to be able to support his weight and emotional being.  


This thought provoking acrobatic journey through love and the struggles we face in life really lived up to expectations, personally opening my mind to new dance concepts that I would not have necessarily been faced with without coming to Deda.

Hopefully throughout my time at Deda I will get the opportunity to discover other new activities and art forms that will broaden my horizon.



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