- Allan Radcliffe
- 24 August 2009
This article is from 2009.
Moving dance exploration of women’s roles
This solo performance piece created by the Sanpapié theatre-dance company opens with a women sitting in a kitchen-like space munching on popcorn, a faraway look in her eyes. From time to time, props and bits of costume are fired out of a wardrobe at the back of the set.
Tying an apron around her waist the performer becomes a housewife and embarks on a routine that incorporates wagging fingers and miming stirring cake mix. Donning an outsized leather jacket, her movements become louche, full of attitude. Her discovery of a man’s suit jacket leads to a lovely extended slow dance, the performer’s face buried in the cloth.
The attention to detail in the movement here is impressive: at one point the performer peels off a white T-shirt to reveal an identical, though slightly smaller one underneath, which in turn is removed to reveal another, even smaller T-shirt. The gradual removal of all five garments with slow, painstaking progressions becomes almost mesmerising. While the exploration of women’s roles – domestic, lover, mother – seems fairly obvious, the piece is beautifully performed and shot through with a sense of loneliness and loss that makes it, at times, incredibly moving.
C Chambers Street, 260 1234, until 31 Aug, 4.40pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).