Over at Sadler’s Wells we were taken into a smaller studio to the side of the usual theatre. This venue was very welcoming and intimate which I thought was ideal for the dance come performance arts pieces.
Both pieces were conceived by Graham Adel noted for his work challenging the social norm and focussing on people.
First half of the show was a piece called Gender F**k (er). Featuring one woman, Keren Rosenberg, the 50mins performance aimed to cross the barriers of gender. A relatively slow piece, Rosenberg transforms her body from masculine to famine throughout with astonishing movement and physical change. There are times where clothing or props are used to help create these different ideas but the transformations are fluid and at times mixed showing stereotyped differences but also highlighting realistic opinions of little difference .
Very adult in its content, it is quite raw and almost hypnotic as Rosenberg manages to fill the space with her movement.
The second half saw Dan Daw in On One Condition. The set was a like a above view / blueprint version of his family home giving it anonymity but also taking away any emotional ties. The piece shows his life in a snapshot with short spoken tales and movement to catchy music.
Daw has a disability that affects his movement but uses this to create beautiful images and movement highlighting a key message in the piece about not letting things stop you in your dream and the ability for everyone to do anything. It isn’t a hindrance but actually inspiration and used to its advantage.
He’s also very comical, not only poking fun at himself and at his disability but wider humour in satire of dance themes and genres. What I loved so much about this piece was the sheer intelligence in the concept and creation but also the honesty.
Two very different pieces, it was interesting to have a mixture of concepts and the clever ways both Graham and Dan Daw create a narrative; sending out vital messages about today’s society.