Performance Review: Tov @ REDCAT
Rosanna Gamson/World Wide leaves no stone unturned when the company explores the creator's own personal history and ancestral connections in Tov, which continues its performance run at REDCAT through Saturday. Layered with the fatal story of the tarpan horse, the work is a collaboration with Polish theater company CHOREA Theatre Association and includes a cast of 17 dancers, singers, actors and other musicians. This hour-long event brings a Eurasian environment to the re-configured theater space downtown.
Structured and performed with a healthy nod to 20th century experimental Polish theater innovator Jerzy Grotowski, the work weaves composer/performer Tomasz Krzyzarnowski's music (and other melodic and ambient snippets), adapted texts assembled by Ms. Gamson and the powerful physical and aural performances by the multi-national cast.
Opening with African-American narrator/commentator Paul Outlaw's Sabbath candle benediction sung in Hebrew, we are escorted into this image-filled world of choral movement and tonality. Under a canopy of falling pseudo-snow, Gamson's twelve year old daughter, Delilah, argues and scuffles with the elder Tomasz Rodowicz, he in Polish (I think) and she in pre-teen English.