By AARON McGILLIVRAY
IN THE wake of the #MeToo movement, the Gal Sabo Dance Theatre Company’s new show Triptych is making a timely premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018
Triptych is all about women’s unspoken voices and unheard thoughts, told through storytelling, theatre and dance.
The show begins with three different women, with different stories which are woven together into a single narrative – The Karate story. However, this story has a twist, it is about how they are not being sexually harassed by their Karate teacher.
Through this story, they try to understand how and why women get to the point that they feel bad about themselves for not getting attention, instead of being happy that they weren’t harassed. These talented individuals explore with text, a variety of dance genres and humour, as they take the audience through their inner discussion.
The show is a new piece by the choreographer Gal Sabo. Sabo began working on this performance while she was completing her MA in Choreography and ended while she was studying her second MA in Gender Studies.
She said: “I went out to a restaurant with my husband and put on my high heel boots and felt very happy with the way I looked, but at the same time, I was wondering why I felt so pleased wearing something that harms my back and hurts my legs.”
Sabo explains that this conflict initiated an ongoing research process in the studio.
The audience is invited to sit on three sides of the stage, surrounding the performers. With the close distance forming a sense of intimacy with the three women on the stage. Every side of the audience hears a split narrative connecting them differently with each character, exploring the different mindsets of multiple personalities and adding depth to the whole story.