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La Loba (Lenka Vagnerová & Company)

By | Published on Sunday 31 August 2014

Hooded figures melt in and out of the darkness, amidst the guttural snarls of a she-wolf, or ‘La Loba’. This is the elusive work of Czech Republic’s Lenka Vagnerová & Company. Dancer Andreu Opavská moves sometimes with the jolts of a marionette, sometimes with the supple grace of a ballerina, while singer Jane Vébrová provides a haunting live soundtrack of percussion and song – as well as the genuinely frightening snarls. The piece effectively portrays a human-animal transformation or even a descent into madness, with one memorable sequence in which Vébrová appears to pull the bones from Opavská’s limbs, leaving her flailing. But I often found myself trying to impose a cohesive narrative, perhaps where there was none. More performance art than theatre in many respects.

Zoo Southside, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Laura Gavin]