May 27: Leo
Circle of Eleven stretches the imagination and turns it upside down
Review By Eliza Ingle
Who knew there was so much to do in a small empty room? Well, Tobias Wegner in Leo pulls out all stops imaginable with the help of a very simple idea that is turned upside down, allowing a whole other world to appear. The live Leo inhabits half of the stage in a box of a room with only his small suitcase, while on the other half of the stage a screen shows a projection of what the performer is doing, but the camera is turned at a 90 degree angle and what is up on one side does not have the same gravitational relationship on the other side. So for an hour you watch, constantly reconsidering the change of perspective in the most delightful right brain/left brain kind of way.
Daniel Briere directs this topsy turvy story where Leo fully investigates his altered reality with the help of music, a piece of chalk, and a few special effects. As a performer, Wegner is unflappable and demonstrates feats of great strength with ease and nonchalance. He has other talents too, pulling out a saxophone from his Mary Poppins case and playing it in a compromised position. And then there is a piece of chalk which creates yet another dimension as he expertly embellishes his plain surroundings with a chair, table, pets, etc. Then there is the little incident when the room floods with water and our attention is drawn to the projection which is digitally enhanced to produce an underwater scene which rivals one Walt Disney could make.
Choreographer Juan Kruz Diaz de Gario Esnaola developes the material at a steady pace which culminates in a wonderful sequence of dance/acrobatics which Wegner fluidly executes and the audience can enjoy movement without fighting the comprehension of physics. The talent and imagination behind this show offer up a perfect Spoleto moment.
Performances continue Monday at noon and Tuesday at 7 p.m.