John Gamble Essay
I really enjoyed attending “The Tragic End of Lust”. It was a very interesting and different dance performance compared to other modern dance performances I’ve seen. From the beginning to the end I was able to use the movement of the cast to provide some insight of what message John Gamble was trying to send. “The Tragic End of Lust” is a performance that shows the presence of sin in our lives. I enjoyed viewing each sin as a different section of the performance. It was a way to view the movement and how Gamble related the meaning of the sin to movement.
One of the first things I noticed about the performance was the costumes. All of the cast except for the Priestesses, Shaman, Succubus and Incubus, were wearing mask. I think a big reason for that was to show that sin is a part of everyone. There isn’t one real representation of what a sinner looks like or how a sinner acts. We are all capable of committing any sin.
The best way that I can describe the costumes for the sins is trashy. They were all very different but worked well with what the sins meant to portray. Even the colors of the costumes red, black, and green were colors that represented bad or evil things in our society. The costumes reminded me of outfits that might be looked at as shameful or inappropriate in our society. The costumes were a perfect fit the show what sin would look like in a human form.
Another thing I noticed about the costumes was the lack of costumes at the end of the performance. Succubus and Incubus both stripped down to nothing for the last section of the performance. I think the nudity was very important to show how we view lust as a society. The nudity was also important to show the rebirth of lust at the end. We thought that lust was gone once the naked bodies of Incubus and Succubus were taking off stage. But once the new lust came back out naked, we knew that lust and sin are undying.
Wrath was one...