German dancer Tomas Bunger and German-based Togolese dancer-choreographer Kossi Sebastian Aholou-Wakawui moved the Dhaka audience with their choreography titled ‘In the Skin of the Other’ on Friday at Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Choreographed by Kossi, the production, which the choreographer calls a dance dialogue, examines the significant question that whether it is possible to cross the ‘us versus they’ border.
The dance drama brought to light an old question- ‘Is it possible to know someone who is from a distant land, with a different cultural orientation, with different skin colour, beliefs and life style’-that has engaged experts and artistes of different fields time and again.
The production does not end with any ready answers; rather it advocates the celebration of differences in an age of growing xenophobia.
Kossi Sebastian and Tomas Bunger entered the stage clad in traditional clothes, Kossi in African and Tomas in European. The two dancers then took their clothes off and exposed their upper bodies.
Through the dance dialogue, it seems, they infused each other with their respective essences. The European behaved and moved like the African and vice versa. The dialogue, however, ended with the dancers looking at their childhood pictures which brought respective roots to their memory.
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