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Prague Fringe Review – Drawing in Motion

Prague Fringe Review – Drawing in Motion

Prague Fringe Review – Drawing in Motion

Hypnotic dream like live art piece: total Fringe theatre Brilliance. Drawing in motion is a sensory delight that holds a powerful effect over its audience and will sit in the memory long after the experience. From children of 3 to 83 we are absorbed by the mesmerising beauty and simplicity of Michaela’s drawings as they grow and take shape in front of our eyes, connecting to the deeper part of our subconscious and appealing to the almost aboriginal and essential parts of ourselves. The two performers work seamlessly together, one never compromising the other, to blend what appears on the screen with the mime and puppetry on the stage; performed by the excellent Ralf lucke. This idea of drawing in motion not only comes from the fact that we see Michaela’s skilful hand visibly creating these images live on her ipad but also because they are created in rhythm and time to the music and through Ralf’s playful interaction with the images on screen the piece could almost be described as a dance piece, with a swipe across the ipad changing the scene moving us through the story like a flip book. It’s almost short of a miracle that in the age of distraction with the flash and bang types gadgets and gizmos that we’ve become accustomed to, something so humble and non-verbal could transfix an audience to the point of absolute silence. As it was we sat spellbound by the slow and steady rhythm of the fantastic score and these gradual emerging shapes that reveal themselves to be: tigers, elephants or something stranger. To dismiss it as childlike would be unfair as it contains the potency to limit the chatter in the brain and unlock a greater human need: the need to reflect and focus on one thing occasionally and through this the show is able to carry through its important message of man’s influence over disappearing wildlife without preaching or scolding, which rightfully should be praised. The show is beautiful.

Matthew Burt

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