The Hollow has been in development for three years and gone through several different iterations, until the creators landed on this final form. There's no clear narrative, no set plot, no defined characters. But it still tells a story in the emotional journey of the characters - just don't ask me to describe it.
The original music was composed and is performed by Jenna Wyse and Joey Ford (of the band Tree Party, whom I know from Live Action Set's The 7-Shot Symphony). The program includes a booklet of the song lyrics, so you can peruse the poetic lyrics if you don't catch all the words. Joey plays the electric guitar, Jenna the base guitar, and they're joined by Marcus Bohn on percussion and Matt Silverberg on marimba, with backup vocals by Annie Schiferl, Antonia Perez, and Jennifer LeDoux. It's a unique and lovely combination, sometimes loud as a rock band, sometimes a soft and tender ballad.
|Tyler and Emily Michaels King (photo by Dan Norman)
|photo by Dan Norman
The three full productions by Trademark Theater have all been so different - an original musical adaptation of Robin Hood, an original two-person play about this divided world, and now this original music-dance piece. That's exciting in a new company, to show so much breadth and variety of work. They've got a few other interesting pieces in the works, but first - The Hollow continues through October 20th at the Tek Box in the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.