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Pomegranate Jam (CalArts Festival Theater)

By | Published on Wednesday 13 August 2014

This is a short piece depicting the story of Persephone from Greek mythology, the daughter of Demeter who marries the god of the underworld, dividing her time equally between her mother’s domain and her husband’s, bringing about the changing of the seasons. This show tells the classic story simply, sweetly and with beautiful use of colour; billed as a ‘shadow ballet’, it effectively mixes dancing silhouettes with intricate shadow puppetry. The music is emotive, despite remaining very similar throughout the different parts of the dramatic story, and the shadow puppetry is slightly lacking in precision, yet overall ‘Pomegranate Jam’ is a short, sweet and stylised piece of physical theatre.

Venue 13, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Vicki Baron]