The contemporary performance Gathik Glinding by the Salhita group highlights the interesting relationship that exists between tradition and actuality, which brings me back to language and the street.
On the stage, a few elderly women dressed in traditional costumes speak, sing and move about in a very formal manner. Only the oversized images of ancient sculptures with colossal phalli, hint at the fact that these traditions cannot last. While I am unable to understand a single word of what is being said, the style of the recital and the reactions of the audience are telling – this is first class humour.
The Salhita performers were utterly convincing and I was astonished to learn that they were not, in fact, elderly women. When I asked, why the actresses play older roles on stage in all of their pieces, they replied dryly: "Old women can say anything." And they do so at great length, covering their relationships and friendships, their dealings with the opposite sex, politics and society – nothing is left out or glossed over. Gathik Glinding was a superb offering of side-stitching humour, inter-spliced with moments of profound gravity that cast a veil of astonished silence across the audience.
Freitag, März 20. 2009
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