The Water Thief, presented by The Twelfth House and created by Amy Siegel and Sean Frey, is definitely a piece open to a wide variety of interpretations. A fusion of the real and the ethereal, The Water Thief immerses its audience in a world not quite identifiable – somewhere along the lines of a purgatorial experience. It is a place where every moment and menial task counts toward something larger. Daily rituals must not be broken in order to maintain a connection with the spiritual world.
This show is a spectacle not to be missed. It is, first and foremost, a combination of live music, film, theatre, shadow puppetry, and contemporary dance and music, but it is also a completely new and inventive approach to 3D cinema. The Twelfth House makes spectacular use of the scrim to create three-dimensional worlds on screen – worlds that the spirits can pass through – providing the audience with an otherworldly experience like no other. Some scenes worked better than others, as expected, due to the restrictions back lighting the scrim. For example, during the scene of the burning well, the image appeared to be a little bit faint, and had a less potent impact as a result. Regardless, this team is incredibly talented and every artistic element incorporated into this piece aids in its overall beauty and success.
Director: Daniela Gesundheit
Choreographer: Bee Pallomina
Technical Director and Designer: Chris Clifford (assisted by Johnny Cann)
Music Performers: Daniela Gesundheit, Alex Samaras, Cheryl Okrant, and Evan Cartwright
Shadow Performers: Amy Siegel, Sean Frey, Bee Pallomina, Stephen Quinlan, and Brittany Brooks
The Water Thief is playing as part of the SummerWorks Festival until August 15th. For more information, visit http://summerworks.ca/2014/portfolio/water-thief/.