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False Start (Lucilia Caesar, Performing Arts Laboratory)

By | Published on Sunday 14 August 2022

Four performers enter an empty stage. They are dressed in running kit, they are focused. They do not acknowledge each other as they begin a sequence of actions which show each individual’s race preparation. Audio of commentators and competitors is the only sound that fills the space. The lighting is a highlight, framing tableaux of anticipation and defeat. Although initially visually intriguing, with the same movements throughout, it quickly becomes repetitive. Despite this sense of repetition being evocative of what the athletes are feeling, it lacks the emotional connection to be engaging for the entire 55 minutes. This may be because the piece was originally conceived to be a five minute performance for runners at a marathon and later transformed into a full-length piece.

Summerhall, until 14 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Raphael Highgate-Betts]