Bhumi (The Bhumi Collective)
By Penelope Hervouet | Published on Tuesday 23 August 2016
‘Bhumi’ is a meeting point between British and Malay music, language and identity, and a discovery for both sides. Between dance and physical theatre, it’s an invitation to discover Malay culture through various sequences. It combines different styles of dancing, some energetic and martial, others slow and delicate, such as the love dance which was the high point of the show. Most elements were enjoyable in a purely aesthetic sense, but if there was a narrative to the different sections it was lost in translation. The questioning of Malay identity and culture, both ancient and contemporary, in relationship to the rest of the world isn’t very clear, but it is still an enjoyable cultural journey.
theSpace @ Niddry St, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Pénélope Hervouet]