Saturday, July 7, 2012


With its wide range of visual/viral culture, it is no surprise that London's south bank was host to one of the most mesmerizing, controversial productions I have ever been to. Cantina was the perfect mix of humor, suspense and boundary pushing fun.  the performers pushed their minds and bodies to the limit, while at the same time, induced the audience with side splitting laughter. However, behind the amazing performances and slap stick comedy, the show also addressed the controversial issue of feminine empowerment and male vulnerability.   One of the more questionable acts was where the audience was exposed to full frontal male nudity. It was an extremely funny part of the show, but at the same time, it acted as a catalyst for the feminist direction the show took. By having a male expose himself rather than a woman, suggests that the male body can be made equally vulnerably to the audience's scrutiny and criticism. Furthermore, during the scene there the women stands on the man in her stiletto heals idealizes a man's vulnerability, as well as a females power. Moreover feminine empowerment is emphasized in the final act, by having both the women standing on the broken shards of glass. Although Catina was visually wonderful, the message behind the techniques and performances is what makes it unforgettable.

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