I saw Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake US premiere show on January 21 in The Moore Theater and was deeply moved by the performance. During the hour-long performance, not only was the dancing spectacular and world-class, the show was humorous and intensely effective at portraying the unfair attitude that many cultures have toward sexuality that’s outside of the old-fashioned norms.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show and was left with a much stronger appreciation for dance and empathy for those struggling to be themselves. The audience reacted similarly, understanding the message and appreciating the twist on classical ballet.
The set began with a humorous, critical oversimplification of the traditional Black Swan performance, but then left behind the satirical tone and regrouped as a serious and powerful ensemble, less restrained than classical ballerinas but still wildly synchronized.