|Photo: Yaron Abulafia|
Shobana Jeyasingh's 20 minute TooMortal is a fabulous work designed for performance in churches. I've seen it in London (at St Pancras Church) both in 2012 and then again last week as part of Dance Umbrella. It's a beautifully crafted non-narrative piece for six females - here are five reasons why I love it:
1. The dancers seem to appear from nowhere - with limbs popping up from behind pews and then disappearing again
2. The relationship between the dancers is fascinating - they ignore each other for the majority of the piece and then suddenly start to interact by looking at and reaching out to each other towards the end
3. The church surrounding creates an interesting an unusual atmosphere for dance which is very different from the usual theatrical setting
4. The shapes made by the dancers' bodies are very striking, with deep back bends and bold arm lines
5. The work has no story, but the way the women are dressed in blood red and stare expressionlessly into space makes me wonder if they are dancing a prayer for forgiveness after killing their husbands or some other extreme misdemeanour...