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Power Ballad (Zanetti Productions)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2017

A wide-ranging exploration of the body, the voice and the performance space that contains it, ‘Power Ballad’ is Julia Croft’s follow up to last year’s ‘If There’s Not Dancing At The Revolution, I’m Not Coming’. Part theatre, part performance art and part karaoke session, Croft emphasises the symbolism of language and gender through simple routines that build to become something much more insightful. The use of voice effects and loops build soundscapes that envelope the audience, and through very few words her representation of facts versus feelings is extraordinarily powerful. Maybe I’ve been watching ‘Twin Peaks’ too much lately, but the fusion of dark aggression jutting up against humour feels very Lynchian. It’s an astonishing performance that I am still processing.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Daisy Malt]