The Immortal SoleOrganised by: M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2018
Performed by: Edith Podesta
Choreographed by award-winning theatre maker Edith Podesta, The Immortal Sole is a piece of dance theatre reimagining Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid.
Featuring performers Dapheny Chen, Koh Wan Ching, Ma Yanling and Yarra Illeto, the piece looks at patriarchal notions of female stereotypes, and how these proliferate within the social and culturalfabric in which a contemporary girl "grows up" into a woman.
In The Immortal Sole, the Sea is a world of carefree abandon in which a young girl connects to her body; the Land is a world where etiquette, morality, and accepted behaviour hamstring a woman and her ability to stand on her own two feet.
Using supplementary material from ancient folklore on mermaids, to observations by fashion icons like Christian Louboutin, to the transformation of Miley Cyrus from the wholesome Hannah Montana to the hyper-sexualised siren in Wrecking Ball, The Immortal Sole explores the transition from girlhood to womanhood and what is gained and lost in becoming a woman.