Director: Camille Litalien
Choreographer: Melissa Ellberger
Design: Anna Nicole Jones
Performers: Francessca Hyde, Lucie N’Duhirahe, Stephanie N’Duhirahe, Raphael Perrenoud
Reviewer: Glen Pearce
Forget images of clowns and traditional three ring circuses, the Collectif and then company fuse theatre, dance and circus skills into a visually stunning journey that blend the boundaries of numerous art forms to form something unique.
Based on a short story by Jonathan Safran Foer, Lost Post takes a surreal, dream-like look at breakdowns in communication. To be honest the narrative is loose; ask individual audience members what it was about and you’d probably end up with a long list of differing answers. It really doesn’t matter though, there’s enough visual imagery to hold attention, whatever your interpretation.
Mixing floor and aerial acrobatics, it’s often difficult to know where to look first; however, the company always ensures the focus is directed in the correct area. Despite the confined space in the temporary onstage auditorium, there’s a lot of action to fit in. Raphael Perrenoud’s energetic tumbling and flips countered with balance and control on the Cyr wheel ground the performance, while his three female co-artists soar into the air. Francesca Hyde and Lucie N’Duhirahe take to the air with breathtaking split second timing on the double cloud, with Hyde at one point plunging towards the stage only to be held by her ponytail.
Stephanie N’Duhireahe takes on the rôle of principal story teller, her expressive features and infectious giggle guiding the audience through this surreal world. Her acrobatic skills more than match her comedy skills, climbing the vertical rope with impressive speed and dexterity, twisting and contorting the rope in various gravity defying positions.
There’s a sense of anarchic improvisation about the piece, but this belies the obvious precision and drill that has gone into creating such a well-choreographed piece of near misses. The narrative may be confusing but for sheer skill and spectacle it’s hard not to be won over.