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Unseal / Unseam & Erwartung (CalArts Festival Theater)

By | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2016

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‘Unseal / Unseam’ is a dark creation, combining both visual and sound elements to create a unique sensory experience. It’s supposedly a story of domestic abuse, featuring various tragic female characters, but the complete absence of narrative makes it difficult to understand that intention. Objects such as chains and wire are used both as visual symbols of the woman’s suffering and to create sound. Combining different musical genres, such as opera and minimalistic electronic music, this piece is obviously attempting to extend the boundaries of what is defined as music. Despite soprano Micaela Tobin’s impressive vocal abilities, the piece is daunting and sometimes cacophonous. The creators are evidently talented and conceptual but this piece will only appeal to a specific audience.

Venue 13, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 [Pénélope Hervouet]