DO SOMETHING ELSE, a devised piece by Cloe Fournier, Ryuichi Fujimura, Brigid Vidler and Michael Pigott explores thought processes.
In his piece on the Talking Arts website, Michael Pigott explains, “The core ideas for this piece are wrapped up in the title, the idea that we as human beings are always doing something. And I am not talking about just being busy, but that being alive is doing- it is moving, thinking and feeling, imagining. The piece came out of looking at how to articulate all of these things that we do all the time.”
It is the exploration of the thought process behind normal, abnormal, sometimes mundane experiences that drive this piece. How one thought leads to another and then triggers a seperate thought, which leads to another.
Cloe Fournier‘s physicality is beautiful to watch. The exploration of body movements with a physiotherapist (or some similar body manipulation experience) was full of beauty and very demanding. Brigid Vidler was also engaging and interesting to watch. Ryuichi Fujimura had a mastery of his body and movement that was extraordinary. One particular moment done in slow motion and in reverse stays in my memory.
Some lovely puppetry work with a plastic bag stood out.
The set and lighting were minimal but effective. Lovely use of lamps not only directed focus but also added a new dimension. Lamps were moved, used as follow spots, turned upside down to become a bowl or represented the life force in a soul leaving a body (lovely puppetry work with a plastic bag). The Lighting became a fourth character on the stage.
This production explores some interesting ideas and is a great premise. But the premise is in itself contains danger. If the performers and the design do not clearly reflect the thought process and the linking of ideas then the audience finds itself just watching people move on stage. It becomes just artistic form. When the performers and the ideas translate and connect with the audience we find ourselves on the magical journey. In the performance that I saw, for me, there was a little of both. But the audience member two seats up from me took away a very different experience and my friend next to me had a completely different response again. Therein lies the beauty and power of theatre, dance, music…. art. We all react on a personal level to what we witness. Don’t you just love that.
Lynden Jones – Theatre Now/Talking Arts