Skin review – brave attempt to dance gender transition

Pleasance Courtyard, EdinburghDespite past form in translating complex emotion into dance, 201 Dance Company’s attempt to navigate gender-reassignment intricacies feels too tidyThere was a thrill and a buzz around 201 Dance Company when they brought their last production, Smother, to Edinburgh. In telling the stories of two gay men and their community of friends, 201 were staking out significant new ground for hip-hop, proving that the language of street dance was supple and expressive enough to deal with complex character and emotion.With Skin, choreographer Andrea Walker tackles even more demanding material, charting the story of one child’s journey towards gender transition. This is a theme that’s currently blowing through the theatrical zeitgeist, but the challenge of navigating its psychological and political intricacies is a particularly tricky one for pure dance. Continue reading......
4 Published By - Network Front | The Guardian - 2017.08.13. 06:15
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