Burning Skin denounces racism in its various forms
1992 / 23 MINUTES
” Touching, forceful, sad and yet funny, this solo is completely original! A presentation filled with emotions and images, some of the most beautiful being of a dance right to the fingertips. “
Andrée Martin, Le Devoir, 1997
Roger Sinha choreographed in 1992 the success show Burning Skin in reaction to his personal experiences of racism. Inspired initially by the autobiographical text The Rainbow Sign, by British/Pakistani author Hanif Kureishi, Burning Skin is a reflection of Roger’s turbulent childhood and youth in the UK and Canada, shadowed by violence, racial confrontations and suppression of his Indian heritage.
A multiplicity of movement forms, such as Bharata Natyam, martial arts, ballet, modern dance, combined with theatre techniques have inspired the choreographer and were integrated into his improvisation based vocabulary.
As relevant today as it was back then, given the growing tide of nationalism and anti-immigration worldwide, the piece has won the unanimous praise of critics and spectators alike. Burning Skin denounces racism in many forms.
Dena Davida first presented this solo at Tangente. Read more about intercultural dance here: Kinetic crossroads: Chouinard, Sinha and Castello
October 2, 2018 -Festival of New Dance (with Mark Medrano), Saint John’s
March 31, 2017 – Harbourfront Centre-Fleck Dance Theatre (with Mark Medrano), Kalanidhi Festival, Toronto
September 12 and 18, 2015 – Maison de la culture Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie, Quartiers Danses Festival, Montreal
1994 Television adaptation for the CBC SERIES In Performance
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