Maria Ghoumrassi’s Salt Woman is a lamentation dance. Ghoumrassi, in print frock and bare feet, plays a woman who has had a miscarriage. She rocks an imaginary child, sways, shudders.

The backdrop is a huge photograph of salt flats to suggest dried tears.

Still, Ghoumrassi has some vivid images. She curls up on the floor, legs tucked inside her dress, and kicks flexed feet. For a moment she looks like a kicking baby.

By Zoe Anderson

Dance: Beats, The Place, London, Wednesday 1 December 2004 01:00


Author Maria

Maria da Luz began her training in Portugal receiving a bursary at Rui Horta Dance School, later studying at Forum Dança working with international choreographers such as Vera Mantero, Meg Stuart, Joao Fiadeiro and Francisco Camacho. She then gained a BA honours in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban. As a performer, she has worked with various companies including the original cast of The Lion King working with Garth Fagan as ensemble and dance captain, Kokuma Dance Theatre including Patrick and Germaine Acogny, Seven Sisters and Jeanette Brooks, among others. She has choreographed and performed her work across the UK.

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