by Paula Citron
bluemouth inc. is a talented Canadian collective based in New York. Their inventive show “How Soon is Now?” combines text, dance, vocal and instrumental music, aerial acrobatics, film and animation, sometimes with several disciplines occurring simultaneously.
The collective uses Prokofiev’s 1936 symphony for children “Peter and the Wolf” as its point of departure. Their exploration of the tangled mores involved in society’s turbulent relationship with the archetypal dangerous loner, as represented by the wolf, is at the heart of the piece.
The company’s use of a dilapidated industrial building – soon to be trendy west end lofts – is compelling. The work itself contains startling images. The theme is worthy. Theatrically, “How Soon is Now?” is a testament to the immense imagination of the creators. I wanted to be consumed and cocooned and ravished by the piece, and it just didn’t happen. Rather, I was admiring from the outside.
How Soon Is Now? continues until Jun. 1.
From Dupont Lofts I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.