FLARE17: HOME double bill 8 July

The final performance of FLARE17 is at HOME and we’re treated to two impressive and completely polar performances.

Moore Bacon! by Bosse Provoost and Kobe Chielens/de polen (Belgium)

Moore Bacon! plays with the spectator’ s eye, creating form, texture and colour in the imagination as much as the reality of the stage.

On the face of it, this is a performance about the movement of a single naked body on stage.  Initially we see only the back of the torso, upside down on a plinth.  The movements are imperceptibly slow, later faster, the body morphs between shapes that are at one human, alien, animal and just a slab of meat.  By playing with light levels, we have to work hard to identify what is happening, and the images seem to flicker in and out of existence.  For a moment we are disorientated by strobes, then we return to the dimly lit body.

It’s a bit like repeating a word so many times that it loses its meaning.  The harder we focus on the stage, the more we start to question what we see.   We interpret the presentation even though it is a familiar image.  The body appears to flicker, to shift sideways, to float and to disappear.  In the end it’s not quite clear exactly what we are watching.  A brilliant performance of both illusion and human movement.

 

Charlie and the Bukowskies by Nineties Productions (Netherlands)

Charles Bukowski’s motto was ‘Don’t Try’ and this hangs over the performers, a large red freehand neon sign.  A website dedicated to the man tells me that ‘Charles Bukowski was an American author, prolific poet, short story writer and novelist. He was born on August 16, 1920, and died on March 9, 1994′.  This show takes what appears to be a very irreverent approach to his life and works, although by the end you think the man would probably be smiling down on the show in approval.

A mix of Europop, spoken word, poetry, pop culture, dance and impressionist, the ‘evening’ centres around ‘celebrities’ – Sean Penn and Bono – introducing the band who perform spoken and musical tributes to Mr Bukowski.  You’re unlikely to forget the sex scene, which perfectly highlights his attitude to life.  A careful mix of serious and fun, it’s a great way to finish the festival.

Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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