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Taiwan Season: Ever Never (Co-coism)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

A beautifully surreal, dreamlike atmosphere pervades ‘Ever Never’, eschewing logic in favour of a fluid sequence of experiences and memories, plucked from the memories and experiences of the director. The use of supertitles for dialogue was a necessary evil, but it was the physical aspects of the performance that most captured the audience’s attention. One scene in particular, using movement to reflect the process of crying, was particularly effective. Manifesting a character’s grief physically, the company splintered apart and pulled together, their disparate tempos realigning with great synchronicity. Despite touching on themes of grief, loss and isolation, I’m not sure it actually told us much about these feelings, but when a show is this well-crafted, it doesn’t really matter.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]