Six Women Standing in Front of a White Wall
Moving performance installation
This article is from 2007.
Six Women Standing In Front of A White Wall bursts beautifully from the venue’s seams, with a wonderful idea powering the performance. Separating the six women’s pitiable writhing and the audience is a rope cordon – much like the boundary between the museum goer and artefact. Yet, here the sign says ‘please do touch’.
And, like a miraculous testament to our capacity for empathy, one by one the audience members cross the divide to put the desperate women out of their misery. Some hug, some hold hands with the person they nurse. Each time the six women quiver with thanks long after their deliverer has crossed back over the line.
Australia’s Little Dove Theatre Art not only has a beautiful concept in tow here, but its cast is pure talent, while the onsite director sits at the front to reveal the artifice, then conducts from the back, playing with a deeply moved and entertained audience. (Tom Tàbori)
C soco, 0845 260 1234, until 27 Aug, 1pm & 6pm, £5.50–£6.50 (£4.50–£5.50).