Mobile States presents SDS1

Salamanca Arts Centre and Mobile States presents

SDS1 by Ahilan Ratnamohan

17-19 September 2015, Moonah Arts Centre

Tour produced by Performing Lines

A champion of unorthodox artforms, former footballer Ahilan Ratnamohan has fused dance, sport and live performance to create a thrilling movement work derived entirely from the global phenomenon of soccer! Ratnamohan will evoke the atmosphere of a football match, filling the theatre space with a visceral, charged energy and provoking the audience to lose themselves in his unique version of the ‘game’.

As Ratnamohan begins his contemporary pas de deux with a soccer ball, he adopts the mindset of an elite soccer player on the pitch – striving for success, toying with his spectators, seeking admiration, and showing off his athletic prowess on the field.

SDS1 is an exciting solo performance work touring nationally captivating audiences of dance and sports enthusiasts alike.

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

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

“…Ahil was always sculpted in profile, his face obscure. He became pure body…”
– Crikey Daily Review

“…The physical and emotional content …was tremendous.”
– Crikey Daily Review

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

“…its movements in the confines of a stage… convey(ed) the drama, passion and personality of the world game.”


When :            6:30pm Thursday 17, Friday 18, Saturday 19 September 2015
Where:            Moonah Arts Centre: 23-27 Albert Road Moonah Tasmania
Age:                  10+
Tickets:           $16 concession / $32 adult
FREE for young footballers under 16 years of age
Bookings:       Book online at


Developing, producing and touring new Australian performance nationally and internationally Ahilan Ratnamohan is a theatre-maker creating physical performance inspired by sport, film, language and unorthodox forms. Since 2007, he has toured and performed in Australia, South Africa, and Europe. Since 2012, Ahil has been based in Antwerp, Belgium, where he has developed his working methodology. After graduating in 2005 from Film Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, he attempted a professional football (soccer) career in the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. His experience as a footballer deeply informs the style of work he creates.


Creator and Performer         Ahilan Ratnamohan
Lighting Designer                 Mirabelle Wouters
Outside Eye                            Lee Wilson
Dramaturg                              Kristof Persyn
Tour Producer                       Performing Lines

Toured produced by Performing Lines for Mobile States, with the support of the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

SDS1 was developed independently by Ahilan Ratnamohan, with special thanks to Urban Theatre Projects & CC Luchtbal (Belgium) for providing in-kind rehearsal space.


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