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What I Want To Say To You

dance & physical theatre · enfyrian images · Ages 16+ · world premiere · United States of America

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COOPER BATES certified reviewer July 01, 2018
Powerful theatre experience. I saw the show with my wife and teenaged daughter. The show communicates all the stages of crisis and is well articulated through a mix of different dance styles including wardrobe changes communicating her emotional journey. So many elements of this play were just so lovely to watch. Even without words I was totally invested into her emotional devastation. The music worked so well with the visuals as well.. I would also like to mention that the casting and costuming of the Villain was brilliant. It's impressive how you can tell such a haunting story without dialogue. ... full review
MICHAEL MONKS June 21, 2018
The show is amazing very powerful performance thought-provoking and haunting cannot recommend it enough. A must see.... full review
JASON POSTON June 18, 2018
A genuine tour de force for Em Hoggett, the hero of this piece. A gem of a production. Very effective treatment of the subject that survivors can relate to. Honest, creative and inspiring... Brava!... full review
MATT WITTENBERG certified reviewer June 18, 2018
"What I Want To Say To You," was a powerful and well-acted performance piece. It explores an area of sexual assault that unfortunately is not often addressed in the after-effects that survivors have to face. Both actors were impressive in their roles and the narrative is easy to follow despite the lack of dialogue. The music complimented the performance on stage extremely well and added to the performance's message. It is an undeniably tough subject to experience, but I highly recommend this performance!... full review
SARAH MANN certified reviewer June 18, 2018
What I Want to Say to You is a unique take on one woman's experience with sexual assault. I found it interesting that Em - a singer/songwriter - chose to use her music as the soundtrack to an emotionally charged dance piece, rather than create a musical out of it. As a dancer, I appreciated this because I felt that she was able to physically dive into the emotion of it and let it take over, in a way that she might not be able to if she was required to sing. WIWTSTY is a beautifully haunting piece that strikes deep into the gut and stays with you long after you leave the theatre.... full review
LAURA GRIMALDI June 17, 2018
Deeply moving performance completely conveyed without dialogue. Amazing and powerful performance by both performers.... full review
BETSY FERGUSON June 16, 2018
tagged as: Brave · relevant · honest · Haunting · powerful
An incredible piece of art from actress/vocalist/songwriter Em Hoggett. “What I Want to Say to You “ features Em’s haunting songs from her upcoming LP with choreography chronicling the emotional and psychological pain after sexual assault. The song about thinking things will never get better also resonates for those who struggle with depression: the pain is so deep and seemingly incurable that, like Robin Williams, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, you do the only thing you think will stop it. Thank you for bravely sharing your experience through your art, Em, and showing strength. I know your music and your stage work willl help others.... full review
CYANNE MCCLAIRIAN certified reviewer June 15, 2018
Just. WOW!!! Haunting. Heartbreaking. And sooooo very powerful in its truth & simplicity.... full review
BLAKE BERLIN certified reviewer June 15, 2018
The simplicity of the stage and the heartbreaking realism of what was portrayed had me feeling like I was somehow in on the heinous act and made me sick to my stomach. Em Hoggett gives us a performance that reminds anyone viewing it that the human condition is endlessly fascinating and just how important speaking up is.... full review
A powerful (unfortunately) true tale, told in deeply emotional song & dance. Symbolic yet intensely direct.... full review

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