Take The Elephant in the Room. Produced by the musical duo Faster (Kayla Milmine and Brian Abbott), the show is a modern day fairy-tale told through the lens of a solo dance performance. If the press release is any indication, it’s a tough show to explain. Dancer / choreographer Allison Burns will interpret the story as Faster provides a soundtrack that promises to involve “nihilistic cabaret music mixed with abrasive punk rock, off kilter drunken lounge jazz, demented circus music and a bit of 20th century atonal improvisation”.
Smaller shows like Elephant naturally abound – they’re cheap and easy to tour – but they also allow for a blending of genres that allows artists to mix traditional storytelling with other, less rigid styles. Former UN lawyer turned stand up comic Jess Salomon is trying this with Obsession, a mix of story-telling and comedy in which Salomon takes material honed from her time on the comedy circuit and mixes it with a “personal meditation on the idea of living obsessively.” Like any comedy show, it also promises surprises, with different opening acts setting the mood at every performance.