By Lucrezia Pollice | Published on Monday 15 August 2016
In ‘Whiteout’, the topic of race is confronted without shying away. Pain is undoubtedly present and bursts out unexpectedly, hidden beneath the lies of equality, as the dancers unsuccessfully struggle to break away from history. Although highly dynamic and physical, choreographer Natasha Gilmore amalgamates contrasting dance and music styles, which enriches the performance by highlighting the distinction between race and culture. Relationships unfold, identifying the beauty, joyfulness and lightness of love, as well as the physical exhaustion, pain and struggle of racial divisions. Videos portraying Gilmore’s mixed-race children are used by the performers, who interact with the videos in humorous and interesting ways. A playful, passionate and enthusiastically positive representation of blackness, which intoxicates audiences with pleasure.
Zoo Southside, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 ⎪[Lucrezia Pollice]