Experimental ensemble Witness Relocation presents an offbeat dance/theater performance about the relationship between humans and nature. More…
A follow up to 'Dancing Vs The Rat Experiment' and 'Vicious Dogs on Premise,' 'The Loon' features the company's signature style of extreme theatricality, rough-and-tumble dancing, and pop songs. The evening is inspired by a variety of sources, including 'Voices of the Loon' (an educational record released by the Audubon Society in 1980); the work of sociologist Erving Goffman; 'At Home,' Bill Bryson’s study of the history of domestic life; party games; and director/choreographer Dan Safer's pwn midlife crisis. Robert M. Johanson of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma serves as host of this unusual evening.
"The problem is that this randomness is not pushed far enough to be interesting. 'The Loon' lands in an uncomfortable middle between total unpredictability and a consistent narrative – there are just enough connections within and between parts of the play to make you feel there is a structure, but you are denied an understanding of what it might be...'The Loon' suffers from not committing itself to a full exploration of any of its ideas." Full Review
"Neither the dancing nor the text seems to complement the other, except in a few cohesive moments. The intellectualism from the speaker takes time to digest, and the modern expression from the dancers deserves it own spotlight...The forms rarely meld together, and they are not held together by a unified expression or a concrete story. An audience may be left wondering about the roles they played with each other, but will not likely be moved by the work done on either side." Full Review
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