By Helton Vilar

Kali Chandrasegaram & Justin McCarthy at RADA Studio as part of GFEST 2014 images credit: Simon Richardson and BrianaBlasko

Dance is the territory of multiculturalism. This thesis is proved to its extremes with both dancers invited to the 2014 GFEST – Gaywise FESTival performances in LONDON. From one side, Kali Chandrasegaram presents “S(He)-dom: Freedom versus He-or-She-dom”, a spectacle wherein multiple identities are performed on stage. Working in Britain for many years, the artiste uses aesthetic elements from different cultures, noticeably from the Asian dance – based on Oddissi style of performance, which requires an intense rehearsal and physical preparation, but incredibly results in a delicate, tender expression. This spectacle is part of a collaborative work with visual artist Brian Dennis and with the rap band Ajah UK.

On other side, in Mohini: God Becomes Enchantress, American-Indian performer Justin McCarthy, who also is a dance guru of the Indian tradition Bharatanatyam, shows in a world premiere, a beautiful choreography that unites various elements, but transforms it in a representation of myths involving gender, sexuality, and love. McCarthy has received much recognition in India for its discipline and proficiency in the rigorous Indian dance tradition, a work that he develops since 1979. This show has the collaboration from the artist and scholar M V Bhaskar, and features the melodious Karnatic music.


The Mythical Dance is part of the GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2014. It happens – at RADA Studio, 16 Chenies Street, London, WC1E 7EX, on 20 November 2014 at 7.30 pm