Loitering in the Peacock Theatre is the Sadler’s Wells production Traces. It is an absolutely stunning piece of performance art with an urban vibe and abstract presentation. Despite being a work of finest art it remains accessible to us all through such universal themes as struggle, self awareness, love, loss, relationships, belonging… Traces elevates the human potential for expression through movement at the same time that it highlights the joy of movement for its own sake.
As the audience members enter they become a part of the performance – as if entering into an intimate conversation with the real life cast of the show. There is a faded story line, artistic exploration, and timely commentary tied together by language truer than words alone. It is a wonder to witness. Breath taking moments are strung together seamlessly, one after the other. As if it were as easy as the wind blowing or rain falling.
There isn’t enough praise to lend; I couldn’t sing it, dance it, paint it, play it, or spin it for you myself. Thankfully, these performers can do a little of it all.
Not to be missed.
(Upon seeing that he was more than pleased with tonight’s show, I offered Drew the opportunity to give me his review for this performance. Unfortunately, though “utterly speechless” works very well for him on this occasion, it’s less than our discerning audience demands.)