Note: This review is from the 2016 Fringe

201 Dance Company and Patrick Collier Creative Productions present SMOTHER. Challenging the taboo that persists in urban dance around presenting stories of homosexuality, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven, consisting of four guys and three girls.

The production touches on themes of addiction, obsession, and the meaning of commitment using hip-hop and urban dance to explore themes about gay relationships.

Set in a dark studio, with the dancers dressed in black and grey, there’s nothing else to detract from the dancers’ intimate and precise moves. The low lighting adds to the suggested subversiveness.

It’s fast paced with a great soundtrack that explores a number of relationships, between both men and women, raising questions about companionship, identity and raw passion.

From ensemble to pas de deux dances, SMOTHER is an intimate work using raw hip-hop and street dance to scrutinise sexual identity, engaging the audience through a beautifully performed and sensual dance production.