Soc­cer seen in dance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Arts -

FOR­MER soc­cer player Ahi­lan Rat­namo­han per­forms SDS1, a dance-inspired work de­rived from art and sport.

Ex­plor­ing soc­cer as an art form, this per­for­mance aims to have au­di­ences liv­ing the sur­real, vis­ceral yet poetic ex­pe­ri­ence of a football match.

“In cre­at­ing SDS1, I set out to chal­lenge my­self and the football-dance-theatre I had been cre­at­ing,” Rat­namo­han said.

“While I had al­ready been work­ing with com­mon football move­ments, I wanted to push these fur­ther into an ab­stract ter­rain, re­con­tex­tu­al­is­ing them as con­tem­po­rary dance.

“I hope that by us­ing this move­ment vo­cab­u­lary, the piece will ac­cess a new au­di­ence, to whom these move­ments are fa­mil­iar, even if the theatre is not.”

SDS1 is at PICA, North­bridge from Septem­ber 22-26.

Ahi­lan Rat­namo­han in mo­tion.

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