Sharin Johry choreographs a rite of passage Ka is within the body and the soul.
From teacher to student, knowledge is assimilated and analyzed and we can feel the inquest in the dancer’s eyes.
The performance unfolds unhurriedly from the very start to the end, suggesting an ongoing process of discovery; dissection of music, dance and cultural identity culminating in a subtle epiphany by Sharin Johry and his cast of dancers from Maya Dance Theatre.
What is very interesting in this performance is the appropriation of knowledge and how rapid it changes in one’s body, the rite of passage is symbolized on stage perhaps too often, through props in action – a large notebook is constantly present and filled with notes, dance class, and creative exercises become a significant part of choreography, however, the ensemble of dancers has a deeply personal response to the recently seized knowledge, challenging it into new arenas.
The dancer’s journey through a process of codependence from the choreographer and mentor, as well as a personal expansion of one’s latitudes and views on dance. The well-rehearsed ensemble of dancers slowly reveals themselves as unique artists with exclusive ideas on dance, unexampled perspectives on choreography – representing the natural ecology of the dance sector. The student grows into an artist as well as an educator in a parallel line of thought.
This piece of choreography would benefit from a larger stage – displaying the elaborate movement from a wider perspective for the audience. Accompanied by recorded and live music, sometimes the relationship between the two sounds felt odd. The music predominantly underscores the choreography and it only takes centre stage as a response to small dance stimulations, pinpointing the accents on the dance material and the natural nuances of the dance.
The performance is intersected with a video cameo that refreshes one’s mind on the universe of dance.
Ka is on at Drama Centre Black Box, 4pm to 5.30pm and 8.30pm to 10pm 16th of January 2016. Find your tickets here.