Slut (3 stars)

Slut

A fallen woman tale that doesn't quite dig deep enough

Amina Khayyam is a Kathak dancer who uses the ancient North Indian storytelling form to address issues affecting women. Her aim here is to explore the growth of one girl as she comes to experience what the world has in store.

It starts promisingly. Khayyam is a tremendous dancer, full of clarity, emotion and grace, leading a cast of four. Sex, then birth are depicted, and in both we see how strong women's bodies must be to enact the roles carved out for them. This power is particularly vivid in the depiction of bringing up the child – Khayyam swoops and dives through entertaining and teaching her little one with an energy that never tires.

But from here the imagery of the piece takes a dip, and we end up with a replaying of the age-old tale of the fallen woman; abused, manipulated, ending up as a prostitute and heroin addict. The symbols adopted feel both too obscure and too simple – is a box passed around by the cast the box into which women must fit? Though its heart is unquestionably in the right place, Slut doesn't feel complex enough to tackle the insidious cultural poison of the word.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 11.45am, £10 (£8).

Slut

  • 3 stars

Amina Khayyam Dance Co I saw him looking at me when I danced, I saw the look in his eyes, I knew what he wanted to call me… Slovenly, sexually liberated, promiscuous – these are just some of the labels given to women who do not fit into defined cultural mores and instead express individualism. These, along with issues…

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