- Flora Gosling
- 23 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Bold but incomprehensible performance art about colonialism
It's a fine line between performance art and theatre. In Lara Kramer's Miijin Ki (which translates from the Anishnaabemowin language to 'eating land'), four performers conduct a series of acts, slowly and precisely, intending to explore 'the interconnectedness of all things in the modern and natural world'.
As vague as that synopsis may sound, it is a performance that resists description. None of the acts – the undressing, the pacing, the wooden fish that is taken for a walk, seem in any way connected to either each other or anything relating to the modern and natural world.
Provided with some context, there may be some enjoyment to be found in reading stage images. However, if a performance requires footnotes to be understood, it fails its baseline necessity to entertain. Kramar's other work at this year's Fringe includes This Time Will Be Different, which suffers from failing to translate to a Scottish stage. Similarly, Miijin Ki's features visual metaphors without any recognisable origin or signifier. It may have more resonance with a Canadian audience, but most Scots will find themselves baffled by this almost entirely silent and indecipherable piece.
Summerhall, until 24 Aug, 4pm, £10 (£8).