March 20, 2019

170: Dance Nation (Red Stitch Theatre) (review)

170: Dance Nation (Red Stitch Theatre) (review)

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Dance Nation (Red Stitch Theatre, Melbourne, Australia) (review)

Dance Nation follows a troupe of pre-teens as they navigate the hyper-sexualised, ultra-competitive world of competitive dance. In this world of sequinned leotards and six-foot trophies, the dancers themselves – their needs, their hopes, their fears – matter least.

Dance Nation is a comical and excruciating look at the moment when girls become aware of their own power – and of its limits. Performed by a cast of mature women, the dissonance between a 13-year-old’s dreams and what they will ultimately achieve is stark.

Barron’s writing reminds us of the ferocity of the children we once were.

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