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Gary Clarke
Image caption Gary Clarke in the Wasteland rehearsal studio

In the early 1990s, the illegal rave scene in Britain was on the rise and heavy industry was on the decline. Choreographer Gary Clarke connects the two in a new dance show.

Gary Clarke was too young to go to raves during the acid house explosion. So he borrowed his older brother’s tapes and held his own mini-raves in his bedroom instead.

“I had a cassette player and rave music, so I used to go into my bedroom and just move my body and throw myself around,” he recalls.

“To have music that was really driven and repetitive and slightly aggressive, it became a coping mechanism.

“That fuelled me to move and want to become a dancer. I didn’t go to ballet when I was three. You don’t do that if you’re a boy from a mining village.”