Last Friday, 6th of November, Żugraga Dance Organisation presented their new contemporary dance work Whose Feather? a short but effective piece that explored notions of human diversity. The performance took place in Valletta Campus Theatre and allowed less than half of the audience capacity of the theatre due to the current mass gathering restrictions. However, the dancers performed with beautiful sensitivity and strong presence, showing that dance is still relevant and alive during these unusual times.
The five performers danced in two separate groups and uneven movement patterns at the beginning of the piece. While wearing identical costumes, they showed different personalities through movement. The groups mixed up until there was no separation anymore. A flocking quality resembled the title of the piece, and moments of unison allowed to show connection and the power of the ensemble. The light, at first white and bright, became warmer over the course of the performance. At the same time the dancers became even more unified, to show an energetic last beat.
The notes written for the piece’s promotion quoted the old proverb “united we stand, divided we fall”. At the end of the performance, the dancers were together. When the music stopped, they broke the fourth wall to look directly at the audience, which felt profoundly human. The public was engaged and wanting to see more when the lights went off for the last time.
Żugraga Dance Organisation showcased in Whose Feather? beautiful and skillful dancing in a piece that targeted a significant theme of our time accurately. I recommend to keep an eye out for their next projects in their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/%C5%BBugraga-Dance-1758889157677383