We were expecting to witness exceptionally choreographed dance routines when LiquidAE.com arrived at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for ‘Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain’. Seated in its beautiful Great Hall, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of stunning visual and lighting effects we saw there on November 1, 2017.
A creative force, Wall’s already claimed Emmy gold for his work on television. This production could lead to more trophies.
Wall and his Shaping Sound Dance Company tell the story of Vincent – a man trying to find his creative voice after the death of his true love. He also deals with the dark side of success, his resenting twin brother Leo, and his closed-hearted older brother Edwin. Vincent struggles with the mental strain of remaining composed. Becoming unhinged, his frustration and anger manifests as his aggressive alter ego Jude.
Most of the dramatic encounters played out behind the scenes of a prohibition era stage show. As its stars squabbled in both their professional and personal lives, dealing with everything from infidelity to alcoholism to narcissism, most of the dialogue was told through contemporary dance and Vincent’s narration on a typewriter. Using black backdrops and screens, the words he typed appeared before the audience in midair.
At the climax of the tale there was an actual unexpected, bloodcurdling scream.
Again the use of lighting effects during ‘After the Curtain’ were tremendous. There’s a scene where its star throws paper into the air only to have them come to life in a blue hue. The pieces together take many forms including a staircase and a person.
The main attraction here is obviously the dancing. Wall along with the cast of Nick Lazzarini, Chantel Aguirre, Barton Cowperthwaite, Michael Dameski, Jay Jay Dixonbey, Mia Dilena, Rory Freeman, Kate Harpootlian, Michael Keefe, Lindsay Leuschner, and Riley Kurliko put on an artistic spectacle of physical storytelling and skill. Backed by a thumping, sometimes ominous soundtrack, the stars are thundering across the stage in one moment, before gliding and barely making a sound the next. It must be noted they executed some lifts that made our mouths fall open in awe.
If you have an opportunity to attended a showing of ‘Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain’, we recommend you do so. |
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