Lots of F/X not a lot of effect
by Chad Dembski
A solo dancer slowly emerges from up stage and is revealed on a giant stage of water and floating clouds that are 3-D but move so peacefully it’s almost hard to tell they're moving. It’s a beautiful scene but between the experimental ambient music, poetic text and generic movement I couldn’t help but feel very little connection to it all. Multi-disciplinary work sounds so exciting in principal; four voices reading the work of a highly respected French philosopher and anarchist, a musician experimenting with a vibraphone and a dancer finding a new connection with nature. While each of these elements is well performed, interesting in their own right and worth putting together, it somehow rings very hollow and dull. Program notes described a potential utopia shared by all the performers and then shared with the audience; I could not see this at all.The work seemed cool as an experiment but left me feeling very alienated from any of its heavily political and poetic text. While all in French I was able to find a translation for most of the text and it did nothing to help me understand the show any better.