Andreas Constantinou

I’ve never seen – in any medium – a better investigation of gender politics than in this Constantinou double bill at Laban theatre. He danced the first piece, ReDoing GENDER 1.5, himself and, alone and naked on the stage, questioned the notion of manhood in a patriarchal society by combining movement, masks (the baby in particular was deeply unsettling) and a haunting theme from Vivaldi. The second work, The WOMANhouse, purported to show four macho, hirsute young men sparring, preening, playing and bonding – but the gender stereotype was overturned when they stripped off to reveal their hidden femininity. Stunning dancing and emotional courage by Hilde I Sandvold, Sofia Karlsson, Sarah Armstrong and Miryam Mariblanca. A magnificent evening.

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