It feels awkward to use words to describe this wordless piece. I don't want to tell you what it's "about," because it will likely bring up different thoughts and feelings in everyone who experiences is, which is the beauty of art - we filter it through our own personal experiences. But some of the themes I took away from the show are the death of hope many of us have experienced in the last year, the voicelessness of women in many cultures and areas of society, a sort of "emperor-has-no-clothes" vibe, the importance of supporting each other through the dark times, and the promise of good things to come and the rebirth of hope.
|Nathan Keepers, Heidi Bakke, Steven Epp, and|
Masanari Kawahara (photo courtesy of the Moving Company)
This is The Moving Company I know and love. I lost faith in them a little after their spring performance of Refugia at the Guthrie and the resulting conversation** (you can read more about that here, here, and here). I'm still not sure what to think about all of that, but Speechless is a show from their heart, and it's true and beautiful. Continuing through November 4 in the gorgeous space that is the Lab Theater (note that the Lab now has exclusive parking directly across the street for $5, pay in the lobby of the theater).
*This is how I remember my favorite quote from Northern Exposure. But upon recent re-viewing, I realize that my memory distorted it a bit. The quote is actually this:
Marilyn: Words are a heavy thing
The flying man: Like rocks
Marilyn: They weigh you down. If birds talked they couldn't fly.**The Twin Cities Theater Bloggers have continued the conversation about diversity, inclusion, and representation in our monthly discussion series called "Continuing the Conversation." Our next event will be held on Monday October 30 at Sandbox, focusing on LGBTQIA inclusion in #TCTheater, with panelists Claire Avitabile, Hector Chavarria, and Marcel Michelle-Mobama. Please join us! More info can be found on the Facebook event page (no reservation necessary).