The sheer physical stamina and technique displayed by this fusion of dance and football was thrilling
Crikey Daily Review

…Playful audience interactions…are handled with such ease and grace…the audience responds with delight and amusement..
The West Australian

Former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan performs SDS1, a thrilling dance-inspired work derived entirely from the physicality of ‘the beautiful game’.

Exploring football (or soccer) as an art form, this physically charged performance has the audience living the surreal, visceral yet poetic experience of a football match.

SDS1 ponders the psyche of the vulnerable warriors on the pitch striving to be loved and hated, worshipped and scorned, and through sheer athletic prowess, creates layers of movement that see the player ‘caught’ in the performance, rather than in control of it.

This is football as theatre, stripped back, extracted, frozen, repeated and abstracted. Beautiful and ugly at once.


Created and Performed by
Ahilan Ratnamohan

Presented by
Mobile States

Lighting Designer
Mirabelle Wouters

Outside Eye
Lee Wilson

Sound Engineer
Gary Dryza

Kristof Persyn

Toured by Performing Lines

SDS1 toured as part of Mobile States.

Presentation History

Blacktown Arts Centre
Blacktown, NSW
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Bathurst, NSW
Port Adelaide, SA
Salamanca Arts Centre
Hobart, TAS
Arts House
Melbourne, VIC
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
Perth, WA
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

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Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.