HEART OF THE SHOW
Sebastiano Toma is the creator of the groundbreaking and influential Little Big World, a breathtaking mix of circus, music and visuals. Among other things, he is creative director of the European Youth Circus festival in Wiesbaden, Germany, and also brought us the graphic novel version of Wim Wenders' classic film Wings of Desire/Der Himmel über Berlin.
With Heart he has collaborated with French contortionist and performance artist Lise Pauton. It is a shadowy, unnerving piece of theatre that showcases Pauton's extraordinary physicality, supported by music that veers from 1940s-style Hollywood melodrama to oppressively eerie electronica. The show looks at what would happen if we were to allow our hearts to rule our heads.
As the sole performer, Pauton is, forgive me, the heart of the show. A compelling presence, she is in turns wildly animalistic and silkily graceful. She plays a character apparently trapped in, or a willing inhabitant of a dark room, with backlit white drapes acting as a window to the outside world. With her long curtain of dark hair, initially in front of her face, falling down to her waist, she is at times more creature than woman. She puts the viewer on edge straight away by wielding a large pair of garden shears; will she chop her hair off? Her head? A limb? As the show progresses, she becomes in turns utterly possessed and demonic, thrashing around the stage in a maelstrom of physicality, before slowing and becoming more insular and calm.
Her contortion is no mere display of physicality; when she performs back bends or moves spider-like on all fours, it is to support the feeling of freedom, a lack of restraint that the character possesses.
Heart showcases Pauton's skills, but also gives us an intriguing insight into physical freedom.Adrian Arratoon -TheWidowStanton- 15.02.2017- Link>
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Sebaiano Toma, M11.08.2015/ Hamburg