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Landscape (1989) (Emergency Chorus)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2019

Straight off, ‘Landscape (1989)’ almost loses us. The opening narration drags, and moments of physicality feel rough and under-rehearsed. But it’s a pleasure to be won over by a show, and this soft, meditative exploration of our long, slow climate apocalypse does manage it, mostly. Its two performers zoom in on a single national park in Oregon, focusing on the erosion of our planet’s ecosystems and making the point that the apocalypse we’re living through is actually quite boring. This point is made abundantly and repeatedly – at one point we watch mushrooms being microwaved for eight minutes. There’s a tremendous amount of space in the show – too much, probably – but there’s a kind of wordless poetry to it as well.

Zoo Playground, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]