If Jean Paul Sartre had Cirque du Soleil urges, you might end up with Raphaëlle Boitel’s
When Angels Fall. It is darker where the angels live than you might imagine, but they have a sense of humour and some serious skills too. I was provided tickets for review of this performance.
Dance, theatre, and acrobatics meld together with dramatic music and lighting that shakes you out of your every day life. Arthur Bison’s soundtrack is dark and powerful without being monotone and uncomfortably overthought. Wonder creeps out of the darkness and into your mind released by the movement, music and performance in front of your eyes.
I wonder what makes an angel? Are you one? Am I? There are moments on stage where I’m not sure whether our life on earth is being referenced or life among the angels. Either way the artists remind me that being uncomfortable and awkward in one’s own daily uniform is a waste of time. On earth sometimes we feel very alone and isolated. We’re awkward in our own clothes for no good reason. Get out there and strut your stuff.
I wonder what limits an angel. How often do they fall? Set and light designed by Tristan Baudoin and Nicolas Lourdelle are just as much characters in When Angels Fall as the performers. Alba Faivre, Loïc Leviel, Emily Zuckerman, Lilou Hérin, Tristan Baudoin, Nicolas Lourdelle, and Clara Henry interact with the seemingly simple but impactful lights and structures that have a personality of their own.
It turns our there is no stairway to heaven, but rather a large metal beam-like structure.
When Angels Fall remaining performances in Boston at the Cutler Emerson Majestic are:
Friday, February 22nd at 8 pm
Saturday, February 23rd at 8 pm
Sunday, February 24th at 2 pm
Catch a performances before it flies away.