Author: Margo Gray

In Performance: Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio – La Melancolie des Dragons (Out There Festival)

La Melancolie des Dragons Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio Walker Art Center A group of long-haired metalheads sits in a stalled vintage Citroën in a wintery forest. They fiddle with the car radio, share snacks, and chat under cover of blasting music. Then arrives their friend Isabelle, a wise Snow White figure to the metalheads’ seven dwarves. After determining (through inspection and tinkering) t...

In Performance: Okwui Okpokwasili – Poor People’s TV Room (Out There Festival)

Poor People’s TV Room Okwui Okpokwasili Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) As in 2014’s Bronx Gothic, Okwui Okpokwasili is in motion before the audience enters the space. In fact, all four performers (Okpokwasili, Thuli Dumakude, Katrina Reid, and Nehemoyia Young) are already present and in motion. A large sheet of plastic stretches across the stage, separating Okpokwasili from the rest ...

In Performance: Faye Driscoll – Thank You For Coming: Play (Out There Festival)

Thank You For Coming: Play Faye Driscoll Walker Art Center (Out There Festival) “The book of the show is not yet written,” Faye Driscoll intones as she welcomes a small group of audience members onto the stage. The show’s interactive opening sequence has the feel of a ritual: the performers sit chanting in a clean, gallery-esque space, surrounded by neatly-arrayed props and costumes. Audience memb...

In Performance: LUIS GARAY/Maneries

Maneries Luis Garay Walker Art Center On stage before the lights go down, dancer Florencia Vecino stands holding a plastic water bottle, and DJ Mauro Ap sits on the floor in front of a laptop. When the scenes descends into a murky blackness where sound and motion are strangely amplified, the audience still remembers that a moment ago the stage was an ordinary place populated by two regular people ...

In Performance: KID KOALA/Nufonia Must Fall

Nufonia Must Fall Kid Koala Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA) Nufonia Must Fall is more than your average “robot falls in love” story. DJ, producer, and artist Kid Koala  has adapted his 340-page graphic novel into a live experience that combines music, puppetry, and over a dozen miniature stages to craft a feature-length film. Under the direction of  K.K. Barrett (the celebrated production...

In Performance: Germinal (Walker Art Center)

Germinal Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN, USA) Like any great creation myth, Germinal begins with darkness. The four performers discover how to create light, then communication, then sound, then all the other elements that make up a proper universe, including both the joy of being together and existential dread. Watching the performers craft a world from scrat...

In Performance: Rabih Mroué/Riding on a Cloud

Rabih Mrouré/Riding on a Cloud Photo by Joe Namy Using recorded voice and video mixed with live performance, Riding on a Cloud paints a documentary picture of Yassar Mrouré’s life after the Lebanese civil war. With a stack of tapes and videos before him, performer Yassar Mrouré tells us, “This is my real story, yet these are not my thoughts. These thoughts are mine, yet this is not my real story.”...

In Performance: Score for a Lecture (COIL)

The Bureau for the Future of Choreography/Score for a Lecture Image by Evelyne Donnelly To attend the world premiere work Score for a Lecture is to become part of a collective experiment in performance, communication and failure. One part telephone, one part hide and seek, this collaborative piece invites its audience to become a member of The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, “an apparatus, ...

In Performance: Morphia Series (COIL)

Helen Herbertson and Ben Cobham/ Morphia Series Photo by Rachelle Roberts Visitors to Morphia Series are led into the dark space two at a time and instructed to take a morsel of food and a tiny glass of wine before being seated. After this delicious communion, the dark and silent space takes on an exceptionally dream-like quality. When a soothing voice speaks to suggest the scene, it seems as if t...

In Performance: Intimacy (COIL)

Ranters Theatre/Intimacy Photo by Paulo Pacheco The presentation of Intimacy strips away all pretense, leaving two stools, a text display, and a screen. Without any fancy theatrical apparatus, performers Adriano Cortese, Beth Buchanan, and Patrick Moffatt are left to hold our attention with only their unflinching honesty. As a conversation unfolds, the matter-of-fact acceptance of judgment-worthy ...

In Performance: The TEAM/Roosevelvis

The TEAM Roosevelvis  Walker Art Center photo by Sue Kessler When developing Roosevelvis, the TEAM  came upon the fact that Elvis had posted on his office wall Teddy Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena, a quote which places the credit for all good things not on those who criticize and nitpick, but on the man “who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effo...

In Performance: The Sprint Festival @ Camden People’s Theatre (London) Round-up, Part III: Interactivity

This final round-up for work from the Camden People’s Theatre Sprint Festival features interactive and participatory work. The festival featured a rich selection of audience involvement this year, with everything from video game testing to walking tours. Place and Means’ Good Riddance This delightfully madcap walking tour is presented by Place and Means. Both the Tour Guide and his assistant Ari (...

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