Reviewer: Robin Winters
Darkfield, the company founded by Glen Heath & David Rosenberg, returns to Latitude following the success of last year’s immersive installation, Seance. This year, the duo brings Flight, once again in a shipping container, once again in pitch darkness for around 20 minutes. With an age guidance of 14+ and having been given some knowledge of the nature of the experience, anticipations of feeling more than a little unnerved are high as we are handed our boarding pass and realise we are not seated next to the other members of our party. We are advised this is part of the performance and then given full instructions to board the plane, store our luggage in the overhead lockers or under the seats as appropriate and fasten our seatbelts in preparation for Flight: ‘We are not responsible for your final destination’.
Part of the appeal of Heath and Rosenberg’s work is the unknown, with little being given away as you queue and the container being somewhat anonymous in appearance, and this makes reviewing the piece rather difficult without the use of the words ‘spoiler alert’ and even then, it would be a shame to ruin the fun. It can be said that Flight doesn’t quite pack the same mean punch that Seance did although it still transports you into a state of quiet anticipation. Perhaps a little more ‘thinky’ than its predecessor, prior knowledge of the key concept helps (although a google afterwards would work just as well, albeit in a more reflective way) and it is felt that the age guidance is more to do with this than the piece actually causing major anxiety. It does leave you thinking, with things occurring to you long after the piece ends, and is very cleverly executed with a pro set-up to boot.
Worth a visit but not one to see if you are even remotely afraid of the dark.