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Malasombra (Auments Visual Dance Theater)

By | Published on Sunday 24 August 2014

This strange, hypnotic fairytale fails to convince. ‘Malasombra’ is a physical dance performance that explores the concept of your shadow becoming autonomous and taking control, and unfortunately this idea is much more interesting than the finished product. With no dialogue, the production struggles to communicate the plot, though the staging is good, and the use of shadow puppets is masterful. These creations are so vast, in fact, that the term ‘shadow puppet’ feels reductive – these are monsters- yet though the lighting technique to make these figures appear larger or smaller is impressive at first, once the novelty is gone it becomes repetitive. The evolution from spectacle to story is insufficient, and as spectacle alone the magic wears off fast.

Summerhall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Hannah Cutting]