Worlds Unite: Connecting Gender and Dance

by on January 30, 2015
 
CHRISTOPHE RAYNAUD DE LAGE

Photo by Chrisotphe Raynaud de Lage

 

Robyn Orlin’s new show, At the same time we were pointing a finger at you, we realized we were pointing three at ourselves, taps right into the roots of what it means to not only express oneself through movement, but to question the choice behind that selection. The South African choreographer has been known to create pieces that are often politically charged, and this one is no exception.

Despite the rather wordy title, both performers and viewers are called to look beyond the clever adage to a larger commentary: how dancing, and any art in movement, can challenge societal norms and cultural boundaries. What does it mean to express ourselves through dance, really? The performance (chaotic with drums and songs and audience involvement) is based on the theme that movement is not assigned to one specific culture, gender, or socioeconomic circumstance. Rather, as Orlin illustrates, by directly facing the fears of what holds us back- be it proverbially or physically- we can unlock the courage to face them. Brought to life by Compagnie Jant-Bi, an all-male group of dancers from Senegal, At the same time is the piece that gets ball rolling on discussions of gender and preconceptions. Take part in the performance below.