Roma at Dance City
Utilising both religious and mythological iconography throughout the performance only worked to strengthen the emotions at play across the audience. Reciprocal imagery of the Madonna and her child echoed the familial relationship themes and book ended the show in moments of soul stirring gravitas.
Hearing after the show how the cast all contributed to props by bringing in items of importance in their own life solidified the solidarity and impression of community given of in the show. While the tale being told is that of Lo-Giudice, the semi-autobiographical nature of the plot did not stop the cast from using their own life experiences to contribute to the show and drive the emotions at work further highlighting the fact experiences like feeling out of place in your own country and heartbreak are shared universally.
Roma was a beautifully rich and powerfully emotive work. From music to the choreography, it was a joy to watch master craftsmen (and women) at their best; tackling physically challenging material like a breeze. The future of Lo-Giudice is looking bright and I cant wait to see what more is in store.
Barrah T Al-Badry