Border Tales

The Place is a London-based centre for dance, and I attended a performance of Luca Silvestrini’s Border Tales. Performed by Protein Dance, it is designed as a commentary on assumptions surrounding immigration. The characters come from different countries, cultures and traditions, and the piece shows how they all interact in a world where assumptions abound and people are judged.

It centres around a party held by a man who wants to try and welcome people but ends up making painfully stereotypical assumptions about each of the individuals. Interestingly, they are all equally bad at judging how others behave.

Though occasionally moralistic, the performance is hugely enjoyable, funny, witty and intelligent, with – most importantly – fabulous dancing.


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