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Ascent

dance & physical theatre · adam kerbel · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by CAROLYN ELLIS

June 05, 2017
IMPORTANT NOTE: We cannot certify this reviewer attended a performances of this show because no ticket was purchased through this website or the producer has not verified they attended.

What I liked

This show walked the edge of real-life presence and theatrical performance. It often felt like I was on stage with the performers even though I was firmly planted in my seat. They included the audience in a friendly and also edgy way that made me feel seen & accounted for in the darkness of the theater. Their inclusive humor & vulnerability helped me feel like I could be myself as an audience member. The collage of poetic monologues didn’t seem to follow any linear or particularly logical through-line but the performers’ relationships to each other & their movement touched on something beyond the stories they were telling. That was what moved me the most—this unnameable tone that revealed itself most strongly in the final drum & movement sequence. Maybe that tone and message had something to do with what it means to be a man, honestly and vulnerably with another man. See this show!!!

What I didn't like

My overall impression

Poignant. Funny. Sneaks up on you with its power.

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