Reviewed by David Currie
by Vanessa Quesnelle
Concrete Drops Theatre
45 min / Drama / PG
Luna is fascinating. It’s a great theatrical experiment that seeks to remove narrative from storytelling; it’s a show that changes styles, genres, and characters every ten minutes. Whether it works is ultimately up to the individual. Sometimes Luna is a fable, while other times it’s a myth, sometimes a gritty street level story, and at other times a ménage of abstractions. Vanessa Quesnelle uses storytelling, dance, character work, and music to layer through this show.
I suspect that beyond the feeling of being present in a theatre, Luna does not set one emotion in it’s audience, rather this is a show that has abandoned the dogmas of consistent voice and tone in order to replace them with a form of absolute fluidity. I believe it is impossible for one to leave the theatre without half a dozen contradictory thoughts about this show, and whatever story one was able to gleam within themselves from Quesnelle. I find these experiments rewarding, and as such I found Luna deeply enjoyable. Yes, it is meditative and dream inducing. Yes, I felt at times like I was in a kind of trance being escorted between moments I couldn’t quite capture in totality but what Vanessa Quesnelle has achieved with this show is remarkable. She has created something in-between a bowl song and a leaf on the water. She has duplicated the feeling of absolute calm and powerlessness, and going along on the journey with her transforms the feelings for each member of her audiences in individual and unexpected ways.
Luna by Vanessa Quesnelle is playing at Studio Léonard-Beaulne (135 Séraphin-Marion) until Sunday June 18, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.