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British-Indian dancer Aakash Odedra explores themes of identity, belonging and restriction with "Inked" and "Murmur," a pair of solo dance pieces staged at Masrah al-Madina Tuesday evening. Odedra's performance was staged within the framework of the 10th Beirut Spring Festival, an annual free cultural festival organized by the Samir Kassir Foundation.Choreographed by Damien Jalet, the shorter performance, "Inked," which debuted in 2015, saw Odedra draw inspiration from his grandmother's tribal tattoos.The performance begins in darkness, with Odedra stomping out his own rhythm as he walks out from a man-shaped cutout at the back of the stage. Created in collaboration with Ars Electronica Futurelab and Lewis Major, the piece takes the viewer through the tribulations of Odedra's childhood dyslexia and the lifelong development of his identity.The performance begins with Odedra sitting in the middle of a ring of fans, trying to read a tattered green book, becoming more and more frustrated, while counting out an eight-beat rhythm by slapping his legs.Sheets of paper begin to fall from the rafters, faster and faster, as Odedra struggles to catch them all.
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