Thursday, September 23, 2010

Delgado Fuchs

The Firkin Crane Theatre, Cork, Ireland
Saturday the 19th of June 2010
As part of The Cork Midsummer Festival

Delgado Fuchs

Long Sky – Blue Woollen Coat, Worn With A Large Roll – Neck Jumper, Peach Leather Trousers and Red Nubuck Pointed High Heel Shoes

Ex- ballet dancers; Marco Delgado and Nadine Fuchs present a very unique dance performance which embodies sexuality both in dance and every day life.

I found the comment made on gender in this piece extremely intriguing. The dancers analyse the ambiguous line that divides man from woman and male from female. They present this message satirically through dance.

The dancers emerged on the stage dressed as the stereotypical male dressed in baby blue and female dressed in baby pink. However Nadine took on a male persona in her pink attire and Marco became very feminine in his blue apparel. The gender roles are almost immediately indistinct to the audience. The only thing that stood in the way of total ambiguity was the outline of the dancer’s genitals in their tight lycra costumes. It was only when the performers stood nude concealing their genitals; did all lines, boundaries and margins become completely indistinguishable and the audience was forced to a truly unknown place where they could not turn to convention but had to accept modernism. Many people may feel that the nudity was unnecessary however I feel that it completed the piece and its message beautifully.  

The fact that the two performers were dancers contributed wholly to this experiment, in fact I don’t believe it would have worked without dancers. The body of a dancer is muscular, lean and thin whether you are a male dancer or a female dancer therefore Nadine and Marco’s bodies were almost identical.

Their movements throughout the piece personified sex and proved that dance IS a sexual art form whether people are willing to accept it or not. However, this was not conveyed in a gratuitous way, quite the opposite in fact.

Not only do Delgado Fuchs seriously question gender in this piece they annihilate the stereotype of dance as a pretentious art form.

At the end of the performance, the artists invited the audience to drinks. This was not ones expected awkward setting. Due to the fact that we had seen the performer’s nude, social barriers were nonexistent and a comfortable setting was created instantly.

Delgado Fuchs’ ability to question so many areas of conventional society in less than one hour was truly outstanding.


- C.C Greene

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