a gumbootspearlz creation
There was a lot to take in, as the sign above indicates. But it was not just a poet spouting the words on the page and seeking only the treasury of words and metaphor. She chose to enlist others talents and add dimensions of dance, song, photographic imagery.
Of the performance I remember of the photography backdrops an image of aeriel landscape and river groove, a bunch of hearts. There was much more but I didn’t always remember to look – perhaps with a larger screen I would have taken in more of the photographs, but the space offered some limitations as well as benefits to the performers. The benefits being ‘pull in the audience from the shops and mesmerise them with art. ‘ Take art to the people.
Of the words I remember that the poet’s persona or is it the poet Helen Ramoutsaki ‘doesn’t do domestic’ but she does a lot of dancing, and a lot about a mirror of being.
I am laughing because in a cow girl country western song, a woman finds a man she once desired when he was with a wife is no longer so desirable when he has left her. She realises he is not what she really wants.
I see the girl in the green dress dancing with something that mimics the flow of sand and wind. She is mapping the heart in the air? I don’t remember words or images when she was on stage because she has created an audience entrancement.
The actor with his undertaker/sorry marriage suit is centre stage a few times. For later he is mesmerising when he with a basket, full of loveheart lollipops, selling us on the desirability of food.
The staging was varied, with actors/singers taking on solo roles as well as group performances. Some even more traditional reading of poetry (but with four voices instead of one).
The singing ranged from lyrical, celtic kind of feel to country and Western to soft rock. The whole performance ended with a chorus backing Omid in his song setting of a poem by Ramoutsaki . Omid is a musician /song writer in Port Douglas who has a number of records, for this performance he performed two songs written by the poet but with his music, ‘Anywhere on this Earth’ and ‘Daintree Dancing.’
still to lable this one checking with cast (:
Also photographed, Shaun Cramm, Helen Ramoutsaki, Anna Whiting
My overall impression of the piece was that is was very attractive compared to a straight reading of poetry and was indeed a piece of theatre.