James Thierree - 'La Veillee des Abysses'
by Julia Skene-Wenzel
April 9, 2004 -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Remember the magic of an attic
filled with old furniture and books, the smell of dust and the air of
lives gone by? A world that offers endless possibilities for play and
transformation? James Thierree invites us to join his. Following his success
with "Junebug Symphony" in 2001, he presents "La Veillee
des Abysses" -- a gathering of a special kind.
Surrounded by a table which turns
into a cartwheel, a sofa that swallows people, a big castle gate to keep
away creatures of the night and various other entrapments, the piece is
a kaleidoscope of styles, scenes and talents, held together by Thierree's
unique vision. Fusing theatre, dance and circus, he has the audience in
stitches with his blend of slapstick routines paired with excellent body
control and vivid facial expressions. At the same time, his collaborators
execute highly challenging routines with total ease, enthusiasm and charisma.
At its zenith the storm returns and the entire cast sails away to new
adventures and distant lands.
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