INDIE’S GREAT LEAP FORWARD
Military leaders have learned the hard way that you can’t send troops to the front lines without inheriting psychologically damaged goods along the road to peace. The Signal Theatre and DanceWorks artsy presentation of A Soldier’s Tale not only looks at the anger that percolates under the surface, it proves that the healing process is by no means an easy fix.
This is a dance project that smartly demands text, a drama that freely lends itself to movement. To armour the strategic creation with both disciplines is a warmly welcomed gesture for indie theatre’s great leap forward.
Director Michael Greyeyes captures the challenges of societal integration in Act 1’s Soldier Boy when a war veteran returns home but never truly leaves the battle line on another continent. Proving that actions speak louder than words, he goes for unconditional audience surrender in Act II’s Ghosts, featuring middle eastern flavoured music and a six dozen beer bottle littered stage to secure sensational ambiance.
Hybrid art pieces stay clear of character driven story lines and captivating dialogue that serve as memorable theatre. The harsh silence of post-traumatic stress in A Soldier Story is a tactical response to the ripple effects of conflict and every bit worthy of examination.
Review by Steven Berketo
A SOLDIER’S STORY
By Tara Beagan
Feb. 20 – 22, 2014
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tickets $18.75 – $37.25
CAST: Keith Barker, Louis Laberge-Cote, Michael Caldwell, Ana Groppler, Kate Holden, Nancy Latoszewski, Jamie Maczko, Daniel McArthur, Tamara Podemski, PJ Prudat, Eva and Lilia Greyeyes and Brendan Wyatt
DIRECTOR: Michael Greyeyes