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East, A Woman Shifting On Time Axis (Water Reflection Dance Ensemble)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2013

Water Reflection Dance Ensemble present a thoughtful piece tackling the noble challenge of exploring the way in which Chinese cultural norms have traditionally and continue to oppress Eastern women. There’s no doubt it’s an important topic, and there’s something undeniably courageous and powerful watching a piece conceived and performed by people who have experienced these values first hand. Director Tan Hui-Chen puts the female dancers in restrictive traditional shoes, and their hidden discomfort throughout is harrowing. However, at times the piece lack clarity and coherence, a lot of the speech wasn’t subtitled or accompanied by explanatory movement; it also didn’t help that on this particular performance, a light partially obscured the subtitles from vision. A brave, inspiring piece, but a little rough round the edges.

Paradise in the Kirkhouse, until 11 Aug, 2.20pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Holly Sharp]