by Paula Citron
The Overcoat is brilliant dancetheatre. Now in its third go round in Toronto, it is a production that does not wear out its welcome.
Morris Panych and Wendy Gorling, the creators and co-directors of “The Overcoat”, call the genre of the show “non-verbal” theatre, and were inspired by Nikolai Gogol’s ground-breaking 1842 short story. The show is an homage to life’s victims everywhere.
The various pieces of music by Dmitri Shostakovitch are so entwined with the movement that it is as if the composer wrote the score expressly for “The Overcoat”. Imaginative movement images set precisely to music abound in the show.
The cast of 22 come in all shapes and sizes and don’t necessarily have dance training. What they do have is a rapid fire sense of timing and wonderfully expressive faces. In fact, the excitement of “The Overcoat” rests in their drill team precision as they execute the near-miss choreography.
The Overcoat continues until Mar. 10.
From the Bluma Appel Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.