Anita Majumdar’s talents are a perfect fit in The Misfit.
THE MISFIT by Anita Majumdar (Theatre Passe Muraille). To November 15. Pwyc-?$35. 416-?504-?7529. See Continuing. Rating: NNNN
Falling in love with the wrong man can be murder.
That's not a flip statement for Naz, the Indo-Canadian dancer who's run off to India with would-be rock star Lucky Punjabi, a match not approved by either family. A tragedy forces her to bring her performing skills to wedding entertainers the Taj Mahal Dance Company.
Writer/performer Anita Majumdar's solo show is thoughtful, theatrical and surprisingly entertaining given its serious theme of honour killings and attitudes toward women. While the context is South Asian, viewers can easily make the connection to any patriarchal society.
The use of dance adds extra energy to the production. Though the moves are mostly classical South Asian, they're performed to Western pop tunes that provide an added subtext to the tale.
Playing four women and two men, Majumdar weaves text and skilful dancing to tell Naz's story of emancipation, while the other characters, often comically portrayed, offer different attitudes toward tradition and change.
Working with director Mark Cassidy and co-choreographer Joanna De Souza, Majumdar uses voice and body to paint vivid portraits: dancer Nikki is squeaky-voiced and tall, shorter dancer Su-Su's voice is lower-pitched. Even the dance company head, Gustakhi, a demanding traditionalist, gets a measure of sympathy when her rigid body starts to relax.