Form Dance Projects
Corner Church and Market Streets, Parramatta
Season: 15 – 17 October
Sport is a medium that requires no common language to interpret. Anyone can grasp the dynamics, the team relationships, and the impressive physical feats without a single spoken word. Drill, a dance work choreographed by Ahilan Ratnamohan, is relatable for any observer in the familiar rituals and routines witnessed in sport training. The finessing of a coarse physicalisation gleaned from football translates into a nimble and adroit performance, celebrating a combined beauty of two crafts.
Ratnamohan not only choreographed the hour-long dance piece, but also performed in it, alongside Arno Wauters and Imanuel Dado. Usually dance is tied together through music, however in Drill, nothing but the rhythm of their breath and their footsteps keeps them in time…and yet the performers are utterly synchronised. The trio are exceedingly well rehearsed and strong relationships are evident in their understanding of each other’s subtle signals. Different emotions are incorporated into the work, beginning with strong focus, escalating into competitive tension, and evolving gleefully into playful jest. The trio showcase immense fitness in this work as they undergo a rigorous training session and also show off a few tricks that audibly enthused the audience.
The work focused on the physical exertion of sport training, but inevitably in between exercises and drills the team members have to change gear, have drinks, cool themselves down, and other various routines endemic to sport training. This provided a contrast to the highly rhythmic physical training, revealing a nurturing aspect in a team environment, as well as the humorous behaviour undertaken when you let your guard down in a state of fatigue.
Dance and football are both greatly revered by distinct audiences. Drill unites qualities from the two fields to create a unique dance performance awash with beauty found in familiar exercise routines. The performers exhibit a resolute dedication to the piece, akin to a footballer’s commitment to his or her craft. In doing so, this fusion of performance speaks to audiences in a celebration of the beauty and capability of the human body.