Waving is Funny


Factory Theatre Studio
125 Bathurst Street
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Thursday August 11th 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday August 14th 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Double Bill with Laughing Merlin & The Romanticals.

Latecomer Policy

Latecomers permitted up until 10 minutes after the start of the performance.


What began as a joke between two friends, like any good joke, soon became a dance. Waving is Funny is a trio for dancers Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson, and Tina Fushell that explores the many different reasons why and how we wave.

The crowd wave appears with theme and variations: as an improvised score facing the audience and as a bona fide Stadium Wave in which we involve the audience through our own engagement in the task. There is also the absurdity of waving and how quickly it can shift from a recognized gesture to something else; the jazz hands of Bob Fosse or the instruments in a marching band. Finally, the work takes one last turn and demonstrates the complexity of this simple gesture. Sound waves, ocean waves, and waves of emotion are explored. The result is a distinctly human work – thoughtful and relatable, tied together with this very funny gesture that we all know so well.


Created by Tina Fushell in collaboration with Luke Garwood and Molly Johnson; Performed by Tina Fushell, Luke Garwood and Molly Johnson; Composition and Sound Design by James Bunton; Video Design by Valerie Calam; Artistic Advisor Brendan Jensen.

Curator's Note

"Waving is Funny delves into the power and simplicity of a basic gesture. We raise a hand to say hello, goodbye, hey, what’s up, it’s me, I’m here, don't eat that! The exchange can often be reciprocal and the gesture returned. This innate signal can be complex with more than meets the eye and Tina, Molly, and Luke take the wave from a contagious gesture to a conceptual web to be explored." - Jenn Goodwin