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Credit: Gregory Lorenzutti
Exchange a palette of dance moves for football footwork and ball skills and you have the remarkable SDS1. This extraordinary performance work brings the world of football onto the stage and in doing so asks us to look more closely at, not only the physical prowess and skills of the players, but also at the ‘meaning’ of football and its place within society.
Ahilan Ratnamohan  sweats, breathes and dances within a confined in-the-round space at PICA, and in turn impresses, challenges and confronts the audience. The orange football at his feet is flipped, turned, dribbled and bounced with brilliant skill, but there is still a constant tension throughout.  Will he make a mistake? How much further can he push himself physically?
Accompanied by his rhythmic breathing and glistening beads of sweat he moved to a soundtrack that evoked the tribal and primitive elements that underlie this sport. This solo performance work is a trail of strength and endurance, and how we as an audience still make heroes of our gladiators.
SDS1 played at PICA in Perth from 22nd – 24th September 2015.

Vivienne Glance is a playwright, poet, performer and scholar. Her plays have been produced in Australia and overseas, and have been showcased at The International Playwriting Festival in London. Other plays have won prizes or been shortlisted in competitions. Vivienne works with Sudanese writer, Afeif Ismail, co-transcreating his plays into English, including the AWGIE nominated, The African Magician. Vivienne's poetry has appeared in literary journals and anthologies and she has won places and commendations in competitions. She has published two collections: The Softness of Water (Sunline Press) and A Simple Rain with photographer, Perdita Phillip (Lethologica Press). Vivienne has over two decades experience as a professional performer for stage, television and film. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia where she is currently an Honorary Research Fellow. She has been a writer in residence with several organisations including the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in California, USA, and has been an invited guest at many writers festivals.

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Email: vivienne.glance@theaustraliatimes.com.au