Reviewed by Paula Citron
Godot Art Productions
Written, directed, designed and co-choreographed by Setareh Delzendeh
Performed by dancer Megan Nadain and musicians Reza Moghaddas and Lorenzo Castelli
Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, Oct. 27 to Nov. 6
Homeland is Setareh Delzendeh’s tribute to both the immigrant and minority experience, and the meaning of the word “home”. It is also a moving, if flawed, multidisciplinary show.
Delzendeh filmed interviews with various people including leading lights author Lawrence Hill and director Soheil Parsa. Meaningful commentary was then edited into a documentary film by Reza Moghaddas who is also responsible for the sound design and composition. Delzendeh herself wrote, directed and designed the piece.
The show comprises of the film component, live music performed by Moghaddas and percussionist Lorenzo Castelli, and dancer Megan Nadain. It is the dance element that is weak. The repetitive co-choreography by Nadain and Delzendeh is not up to the level of the music or film. The show needs a professional dancesmith.
Nonetheless, the production is worth a visit because it is a searingly honest assessment, of both the happy and unhappy aspects of the significance of a homeland.
Homeland continues at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace until Nov. 6.