Murmur and Inked by the Aakash Odedra Company are two uniquely crafted dance pieces telling very different stories with the use of projection, ink, sound, expression and dance.
Inked started off the evening at Pavilion Dance. It was an unusual style of dance and movement, exploring identity and transformation. Aakash used slow movement that at times appeared inhuman but captivating.
His link with tattoos and signs was obvious from the piece. I have to admit, at times Aakash’s dance and the sound that was amplified alongside it, sent shudders down my spine. Inked is dark, haunting and touches boundaries that many have not yet explored.
I let out a small giggle as Aakash turned into a beast with eyes on his back. There were a few other squeaks of laughter from around the theatre too. I felt that this added to the charm of the piece.
The performance left me a little confused, although Aakash’s self seeking, transformative quest was apparent throughout. I felt that how the dance portrayed pushing his body’s limits was very cleverly done.
After a 30 minute break we were graced with the stunning, Murmur. It was immediately obvious what it was about, which made me appreciate it all the more.
Murmur explores dyslexia and Aakash’s journey with it. From a young age Aakash struggled with his reading, and he only realised his name had an extra A in it at the age of 21. This powerful piece portrays how Aakash found solace in his dance and uses this to express himself.
The performance put a big focus on the letter A, which I felt made it much more powerful. Projections made Aakash’s book come to life as he danced elegantly amongst them.
My favourite part of the performance was near the end. Paper flew everywhere, projections spun and Aakash danced amongst the chaos. All of these together made a beautiful storm of perfection.
Murmur made me feel every raw emotion and I could really empathise with this flawlessly crafted masterpiece.
You’ll have your favourite of the two performances as I did, but Murmur and Inked offer unique insights into subjects that many other art formats only scratch the surface of. They both come recommended.
Words by Michelle Stannard