Project X: Ghost Dimensions
- Claire Sawers
- 18 November 2019
Ashanti Harris, Healer Oran, Mele Broomes and Tseliso Monaheng collaborate to explore themes of identities and imposing architecture
Two figures slither and writhe on opposite sides of a sheet, lit by pastel turquoise and purple projections. Acid yellows and neon greens glow over their silhouettes as they ripple and throb, and the crowd changes positions to get a better view of their shadowy bodies, wrapped tight in red salopettes and velvet leggings.
Ashanti Harris and Mele Broomes from Project X began collaborating on Ghost Dimensions back in 2017, after a symposium they organised at Tramway, Let's Move to More Visibility, exploring how the dance and performing arts sectors could better represent black artists in Scotland.
Tonight's performance at Buzzcut Double Thrills is slotted in between a discussion on queer dance and capitalism and a sold-out performance of Burgerz, the sweet slice of very necessary, soft and tough theatre from trans activist Travis Alabanza.
A note on Ghost Dimensions handed out as we enter the dark room explains it's a 360° work and we should move about, 'to see what may be unseen'. Broomes and Harris explore physical and virtual borders with movements on either side of a dividing curtain, with Broomes oscillating her arms through a pair of trackie bottoms that hide her face, before merging bodies through a long stretchy snood which connects their heads like a bendy lifeline.
Hugging and slow dancing, or mirroring each other's form in incredible massive puffer coats made from what looks like shiny white car upholstery leather, the bodies pulse in time to a minimal industrial electronic soundtrack by Andrei van Wyk, aka Healer Oran. Tseliso Monaheng's bright visuals do an amazing job of illuminating a gorgeous study of shapes and people hiding while also trying to be seen.
Reviewed at CCA, Glasgow, part of Buzzcut Double Thrills.