If you’re looking for a show this summer to open your mind and allow you to question the validity of contemporary dance, Groupe Gravel/Lepage’s production of Thus Spoke will leave you questioning not only the performers, but your own mindset as well. Delivering a performance fueled by pelvic dance movement, a heavy Hendrix soundtrack and an assortment of thought-provoking monologues, Thus Spoke offers an experience that could only be identified as part thrilling and part confusion.
Although many of the monologues presented some interesting ideas, it was difficult by the end of the piece to pinpoint a core concept and/or theme that brought it all together. Despite the confusing content, the choreography worked particularly well, delivering a sense of liberation through the use of uncontrolled movement, which is actually the subject of one of the monologues presented later on by performer Frederic Lavallee. All in all, Thus Spoke delivers some interesting ideas that lack a core concept to link them together, though it is definitely worth putting on your list of shows to see at this SummerWorks Festival.
Thus Spoke runs until August 16th in The Theatre Centre’s Mainspace, with a runtime of approximately 70 minutes. For tickets and more information, visit http://summerworks.ca/2014/portfolio/thus-spoke/.