The piece incorporates a pre-recorded soundscape, comprised of both spoken word and sound. It also includes a live dance performance.
Dhancha (We Are Bones), is a movement performance that aims to question the morality of forcing one into marriage and consequently, sheds light on what those most directly affected (the victims), experience. The piece generates a feeling of suppression, as a result of one not being able to exercise their human rights. Raising the idea that, without such rights, one could be seen as simply “skin and bones”…"a puppet on set of strings” and therefore makes the audience question what makes one human?
An exchange of energies occurs between audience and performer. Encouraging the audience to look beyond the physical exterior of one's skin and explore issues that affect how one feels within their skin. Although the uniqueness of our skins can potentially create division, we are all people who have experienced suffering at one point or another in our lives and it is through those shared/similar experiences, that go beyond our skin, that we are united.
Written by Itch Collective member, Maoliosa