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LEITMOTIV

Posted by Caitlin / February 4, 2012

20120204-leitmotiv1.jpgLEITMOTIV, a French play put on by Decourse Théâtre opened last night to a full audience at Théâtre La Chapelle. The Decourse team is composed of Andréanne Bernard, Émilie Cormier and Anaïe Dufresne, three up-and-coming extremely imaginative graduates of l'École de Théâtre de l'UQAM.

When we walked through the door that led to theatre's small stage, LEITMOTIV was waiting for us. Rather than having a curtain be pulled back to reveal an unfolding story, I felt as if, when crossing the threshold, I was crossing into their world and tacitly accepting its rules and conditions.

The characters were already there, facing the back wall and there was a low but audible buzzing sound; the stage was set and ready to go. Therein lies the one true way of describing this play filled with masterfully intersecting different types of media, it is an all-engrossing world that I couldn't help but let myself be overcome by.

Featuring a projection of a beautifully eerie video that reflects the memories of the characters, along with electronic music that perfectly follows the rises and falls of the action and emotion throughout, this play allows for an engrossing experience unique to our technological era.

Anyone who is even remotely interested in multi media approaches to theatre should really take the time to check out how this force of three has managed to compose a haunting story about love and destruction and seamlessly layer it with haunting visuals, which has the incredibly interesting effect of allowing us to see into the past through technology.

This team illustrates perfectly the future of visual narrative where our attentions are not strictly focused on the 'now' of the story, but is also thrown into all directions. It is truly a choose-you-own-journey type of experience where you can let your imagination be captivated by the video or you can lose yourself in the beating-heart sound or, if you want to be old-school about it, you can pay attention to the acting.

When watching the play, my attention did stray slightly from the text where, in the end, the relationships between the characters were a bit difficult to pick apart. Things ended up being slightly unclear because the entire sensory experience of the play takes up so much space.20120204-leitmotiv2.jpg

However, I don't necessarily think that losing the thread of the narrative is a bad thing. The slight opaqueness of the text allowed me to come to my own conclusions about what was going on which, in the end, is what I think a good theatre experience should be doing.

It didn't really matter to me to understand exactly who had one what to or with whom, as the text is a bit dense and stunningly poetic. What mattered was that I felt like this team knew exactly what it was doing and how it was trying to make me feel by manipulating sights and sounds and I was thrilled to hand myself over and let them lead me through the dark.

LEITMOTIV runs until February 11th
You can buy tickets from Théâtre La Chapelle's website

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