S(He)-dom: freedom versus he-or-she-dom/ Mohini: god becomes enchantress, RADA Studios - reviewed on 20th November
|Kali Chandrasegaram in|
“Clothes don’t define whether you’re a man or a woman” he stated, directly addressing the audience. “Why are female toilets represented by the symbol of someone wearing a skirt?” questioned his (unnamed) dance partner.
Whilst these key ideas about gender and the perception of masculinity and femininity represented the warm heart of the work, its execution was severely lacking. Dancers stuttered over their speeches, the rap band Ajah UK’s lyrics were inaudible and danced sequences appeared under-rehearsed. It was clear that both creators and performers had not had enough time to make S(He)-dom’s interesting concept into the engaging and challenging piece that it could have been.
Completing the evening, Justin McCarthy’s Mohini: god becomes enchantress was a much slicker affair. Performed by its choreographer, traditional dance sections were interspersed with textual and image-based slides telling ancient Indian stories. McCarthy's movements were effortless but I lacked the necessary South Asian dance knowledge to understand the meaning behind them.