by Paula Citron
It is hard to imagine another director/choreographer tearing up a wall of his house in pursuit of his art, but that is exactly what Hillar Liitoja has done for his new production “she alone”. Liitoja and his DNA Theatre mount bizarre dancetheatre performances, many of them site specific.
Peepholes have been gouged out of the wall so the nine audience members can stand or sit in the second floor hallway and view dancer Magdalena Vasko in the privacy of her bedsittingroom.
We first see Vasko lying asleep. What follows when she wakes up is a carefully choreographed design of movement. The realistic if stylized physicality presents an intriguing scenario of something gone very wrong. A knife plays a key role.
Whatever one thinks of his output, Liitoja is an eccentric visionary. He is an original, and of that there can be no doubt. As a director/choreographer, he never fails to excite the imagination.
“she alone” continues until Jan. 21.
From DNA House, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.