A tale of human suffering
This article is from 2007.
Polish company Song of the Goat bring us this tale of persecution, fear and terror. The programme note tells us it was based on the aftermath of the plague in the French town of Arras in 1485, where in a totalitarian state the people are persecuted relentlessly by their oppressor, a man of God. Their pain is expressed through movement, singing and words relying on contrast to express emotion and tell their story. Complicated, angelic harmonies are interrupted with sharp cries of pain and anguish just as fast and frantic movements are used alongside slower more elegant moves.
At one point men’s faces are covered with tight white cloth as women cry over their faceless ones in despair, creating a montage of suffering. The piece examines the human spirit as it is contorted to its worst form. In times of war or struggle mankind does what is necessary to survive, pushing the boundaries of morality. A mesmerising and beautiful piece for those who enjoy quality physical theatre or song.
Assembly Aurora Nova, 623 3030, until 27 Aug (not 13, 14, 20, 21), 2.20pm, £12–£13 (£9–£10).