Oversized anatomical puppet limbs come to evocative life in a wordless meditation on our relationship with impermanence. Influenced by Japanese Butoh and performed to a bittersweet sonic score, BODY CONCERT is a hauntingly romantic puppet/dance hybrid eschewing any traditional sense of story or character.
Kevin Augustine executes an unusual and extremely rigorous solo choreography using his hands, feet and outstretched legs to achingly animate these foam-rubber body parts stripped of their skin in a moving sculpture of muscles, tendon and bones.
Performed as a succession of solo and duet vignettes (under 60 min total), BODY CONCERT embraces a pure minimalist spectacle as themes of our universal humanness organically emerge in a primal physicality that transcends intellectualization.
Unforgettable tenderly grotesque images appear and dissolve within shifting environments of falling snow and lingering vapor: a legless torso walks on antique prosthetic limbs; a quivering leg is caressed by a detached arm; a sightless baby floats through a winter storm; a giant eye gives birth to itself...
With no text and therefore no language barriers, BODY CONCERT is meant for international audiences-- fully expressing LWT's mission to investigate, challenge and spellbind by venturing to the edges of theatrical form and the human experience.
BODY CONCERT is being co-produced by Les Sages Fous in Quebec and will premiere in Canada September 27th & 28th, 2019. It was developed in artistic residencies in both Canada and Norway through Les Sages Fous and Ella Fiskum Danz as well as being workshopped in the 2018 St. Ann's Puppet Lab. Body Concert received funding support through the Brooklyn Arts Council.