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‘Rosalind’, A soulful search for gender identity

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 11 2016   /  10:39 am

Inside out: Four dancers perform during a rehearsal of Rosalind, a rework of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It by UK dance group James Cousins Company, at Usmar Ismail Hall in South Jakarta on Oct. 25.Four dancers in flesh-toned leotards interacted within, outside and with a large, square 3D frame placed at the center of a darkened stage.

Spotlights on both sides of the stage illuminated the cube with different colors and brightnesses to change it into various sets for the dance — a city of neon lights, a sanctuary in the forest or a hidden place inside the soul.

The contemporary ballet dance Rosalind was a rework of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It by UK dance group James Cousins Company, with a tweak on the female lead character. In the original story she has to dress like a man while hiding in Forest of Arden to escape persecution by her uncle, when she meet...