Joyous ‘Shake That Sin’ defiantly shouts ‘Time’s up’

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A joyous celebration of both empowerment and the female body, Shake That Sin combines ferocious Urban African rhythms with sensuous numbers performed by seven physically and ethnically diverse female dancers, offering an entertaining, electric evening of theatre. Women find their voices and their inner desires in the show.

Choreographer/dancer Maïmouna Rouge’s fierce production examines the seven capital vices in a humorous and sexy way while exploring societal issues like body image, power and control. Multi-language titles introduce each sensual and often ironic piece, drawing parallels between lust and the #metoo movement, gluttony and #bodypositive.

Rouge’s numbers combine acrobatics, humor and well-timed choreography in depicting women’s life choices. The opening number finds innocent, white-clad performers eating apples of temptation, tearing away their inhibitions and modesty, finally twerking and strutting their hearts out. The envy number features symbolic teams of men and women fighting jealousy and each other, before woman power triumphs.

The energetic, confident dancers expressively use their bodies and faces, proud of their sexual power. They shake their booties and their femininity, smiling all the while. Rouge stands out as a potent powerhouse of strength and balance, lifting dancers, performing difficult acrobatics and a variety of dances.

The music offers a visceral shot of adrenaline, raising libidos and temperatures, blending salsa, tango, modern jazz and hot African percussion.

Shake That Sin passionately demonstrates the freeing power of music and dance when women take control of their desires and destinies.

Maïmouna Rouge and Les Ambianceuses presented “Shake That Sin” Monday and Tuesday, February 26 and 27 at the Secret Rose Theatre located at 11246 W. Magnolia Blvd. in North Hollywood. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $23 for students with ID.

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