Posts Tagged ‘physical theatre’

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Opera Erratica at the Print Room from 14 May

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Toujours et Près de Moi combines holograms, music and live theatre

This is a fractured tale of absence and regret told through moving music, startling images and visual wonder.

Toujours et Près de Moi is a world premiere and the first UK production from critically acclaimed international performance company Opera Erratica.

Live physical theatre, Victorian theatrical illusion and the latest video technology combine to create a dislocated performance space in which puppet-sized holograms interact with their live, life-sized selves. Meanwhile, Renaissance madrigals by Carlo Gesualdo are mixed with startling contemporary vocal pieces by Salvatore Sciarrino, Christopher Fox and James Weeks, adding to the sense of past/present dislocation.

Toujours et Près de Moi promises audiences a challenging and haunting new theatrical experience exploring presence and absence, memory and loss, connection and separation.

The Print Room is a small venue in Westbourne Grove. www.the-print-room.org

The production runs Monday 14 May – Saturday 26 May.

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The City Will Crumble, at the Courtyard Theatre, London N1

Wednesday, 22 February, 2012

Features Fringe Report Award Winner, Elina Akmetova

6th March 2012 to 11th March 2012 – 8pm

Nyctolopic presents a new physical theatre piece with original music, inspired by Film Noir, and among the performers is Elina Akmetova, winner of a Fringe Report Award in 2011, as Best performer – choreography and dance.

This is what Nyctolopic say about the production: “Millions of people walk the streets of the dark city. Sometimes they notice one another; most of the time they pass each other by, driven on by the unrelenting rhythm of the city itself. How can one woman believe that her individual story matters, when the city makes everyone interchangeable, substitutable, and disposable?”

“Ana Marambio’s choreography and David Holyoake’s music revive the dark megacity for London in 2012. The slipping, vanishing, and corruption of the individual against the forces of the impersonal city were a central theme of Film Noir. We live in times with strong parallels to that era and the anxieties brought on by the shocks of social, economic and technological upheavals. This new piece expresses them in original movement bristling with energy and a haunting new musical score.”

Preview trailer: http://www.nyctolopic.org/thecitywillcrumble

 

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I Would that Your Dark Eyes Were Upon Me

Wednesday, 18 August, 2010

Ruthless, engaging, stylish

The Lion and Unicorn, 16 – 18 August, 9.30 (20 min)

Elina Akhmetova in an amazing piece of theatre

This physical theatre piece is set amongst some chairs in the simplest space possible. And yet in terms of impact, it is eerily – and wonderfully – effective. This could be the show of Camden Fringe this year. It was a privilege to witness such a committed performance.

The fact that it begins in total silence says something about intent. The fact that the first two characters to enter glide across the stage as though melded together says more. But is this intimidation or attraction? It seems to be both, and also part of a power struggle between the two, which has as one marker point in its development a place where the man is seized by the woman and carried away, upside down.

Gradually, a third character joins the man and the woman. The development of their elliptical relationship, to the point where she literally joins the two, to become a new kind of being, is the subject of the second part of this short but intense experience.

The silence is broken sometimes by brief snatches of song, by a heartbeat soundtrack and eventually and quite shockingly by voices.

But the effect of the piece of a whole is dramatic in every sense. The dancers flow into positions which never seem to be forced, and they demonstrate amazing capabilities – as when the man makes the woman fly – and if that implies that this is some kind of circus, it’s not – it’s compelling physical theatre.

The other members of the company are Kyoungee An and Hadleigh Harrison.

Apparently, this was a very late addition to the Camden Fringe programme (it just made it to the Camden Fringe website) and the organisers were worried about fitting a show as short as this one into the schedule. As it is, tickets were just a fiver (as opposed to the standard £7.50 price), but this was one of those shows where you just couldn’t equate the impact to the time spent delivering it. The whole thing was probably frighteningly energetic for the performers. Probably, beyond 20 minutes their ability to keep up the pace would have gone into sharp decline.

But the overall impression is one of style and impact; this could be the most intense twenty minutes you’ll ever spend in a theatre.

Performers: Elina Akhmetova, Kyounghee An, Hadleigh Harrison. Choreography – Elina Akhmetova; Lighting – Mikkel Svak

reviewed 17 August

(c) Michael Spring