Presented by Arts House and Mobile States
7.30pm, Wed 19 Aug
6.30pm, Thurs 20 Aug
7.30pm, Fri 21 Aug
5pm, Sat 22 Jul with post-show Q&A
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
“His performance is visceral… Ratnamohan has a gift for holding his audience through his artful journey…” – The West Australian
Creator, performer and former soccer player Ahilan Ratnamohan draws from the sweaty, skilled physicality of the beautiful game’ in a startling, dance-inspired work. Described by Ratnamohan as a kind of ‘football dance theatre’, SDS1 immerses audiences in the surreal, visceral, momentous and poetic experience of the match.
SDS1 explores a language not only physical, but theatrical and psychological as well. Drawing on his personal experiences as a player, Ratnamohan delves into the psyche of the vulnerable warrior of the pitch – striving, loved, hated, worshipped, scorned or triumphant. Through sheer athletic prowess, both with and without the ball, he extracts the essences, emotions and gestures of the game to create a work that sees the player caught in the performance, rather than in control of it.
This is soccer as theatre: physically charged, stripped back, extracted, frozen, repeated and abstracted. Beautiful and ugly at once.
Creator & Performer:
Supported by –SDS1 is toured by Performing Lines for Mobile States; and has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body; Urban Theatre Projects and CC Luchtbal (Belgium); and the City of Melbourne through Arts House.
Image by –Olympe Tits