What You Will 2020.08.08 theShakespeareEnsemble.com Justifies every syllable of the word-of-mouth buzz. I will be thinking about this for a very, very long time to come.
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25 years of working with - sometimes making - performance for networked spaces curdled me into a sceptic. I didnโ€™t think Iโ€™d ever see an online performance that was genuinely any more powerful or affecting for it. Tonight, @bencrystal and team, you changed my mind. Bravo ๐Ÿ‘
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1 INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION Transformed shared time without shared place into a virtue, into content, into beauty. Floods of light outdoors in (?) Delhi; boxed-in halogen-lit grid space in (?)Tokyo; such concise but eloquent and complicated scenographies.

7:43 PM ยท Aug 8, 2020

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2) DURATIONAL The lesson of post-Punchdrunk immersive theatre - that spectators should author their own montage - transplanted with such grace that 50 minutes of screen time (far beyond my usual tolerance) flew past in complete absorbtion.
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Those tiny, unique and unrepeatable glints of serendipity created by viewer-initiated jumpcuts and juxtapositions delight and disturb a thousand times more than a manufactured story arc. This diptych!
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3) SENSITIVITY TO AUDIO Allowing wild sound (gravel underfoot, cloth billowing) & music space - arguably, centrality - was an heroic leap of faith, but the minimalism was in itself riveting. And again, allowing the user to splice together their own audio world: inspired.
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Just what a colossal privilege it was to exploresuch visionary and imaginative work. Humbled.
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