Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Small Odysseys, RRawcus, July 18, 2011

Small Odysseys *** 1/2
  • Kate Herbert
  • From: Herald Sun
  • July 18, 2011 12:00AM

SMALL ODYSSEYS, Arts House, Meat Market, until July 23, 2011

The show is devised by Rawcus, a company of able and disabled performers who express their experiences of feeling lost and awkward, even powerful and large, in the human landscape.

Under Kate Sulan's innovative direction, the everyday world expands and shrinks before our eyes and we are confronted with the changing scale of things as performers become tiny or loom in the foreground.

This is an ensemble work with no linear narrative, no specific characters, but using an abstracted, physical form, a pounding soundscape (Jethro Woodward) and startling lighting (Richard Vabre).

People swarm in groups, playfully or menacingly, they meet, commune, then part; they sit in isolation in a room or talk on a phone.

Small Odysseys is a joyful and exhilarating show that is performed with heart and soul.

STAR RATING: * * * 1/2

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