You only live once, because you can never know what will happen in the next moment.
By: Deja Cook- Reynolds
From the beginning of this performance, Virago- Man Dem, I thought there was something peculiar about this piece. The dancers were all standing at different corners, they appear at different times, and they just seemed a little too still for me, since they weren’t moving at first. Then, they began to move, but not in the way that most people would consider dancing. They started to shake, scratch, slow motion stepping, and I couldn’t help to but think about what the HELL did I get myself into. The dancers looked like they were having an outer body experience, and I didn’t know if they need help or if they were trying to reveal the unknown to me. But I know one thing is for sure, I couldn’t stop watching.
The dancers looked unhuman as the silent dancing continued for minutes. Then, the silence broke, and I realize I was watching something real with a story to tell and something deeper to say. So, I kept my eyes peeled to get the message. One scene appeared where it seemed as if one person, even though it was four different people on stage, was lost on the backdrop projection.. This person kept running only to find themselves back where they started, until they got tired and let those around them take over and deterrer them from what they were looking for or going to. The person went through various height transformations, where in the beginning they are started off big, like they were bursting with energy to get where they trying to be, but by the time they returned to the say place they were small like they had be defeated by nobody but themselves, which was true. Once, they stopped the outsiders took over, and the men turned into women. At first, by force, and they submissively saluted to the changes that were happening. They were okay with their new persona; there history, adventures, and goals had been erased with a blink of an eye. No even thought or even seem to hesitate at the change though.