LENZ by Stephen O'Connell, Lucy Simic, Sabrina Reeves and Richard Windeyer, performed by O'Connell and Reeves. Presented by bluemouth inc. at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen West). October 17-19 at 10 pm, October 20, 24-27 at 8 pm. $15.
Ever wonder what lives are being played out in hotel rooms? You can voyeuristically explore some of those existences in Lenz, a remount by bluemouth inc. of one of its first Toronto works.In only two years, bluemouth has become a rarity -- a site-specific company that blends text, movement, music and film in magnetic fashion. Their last work, Something About A River, was the first segment of a three-part show exploring underground thoughts and emotions. Dealing with sexual ambivalence, it played at a soft-core porn cinema.
In Lenz, audience members draw a hotel key from a bucket and then proceed to watch a series of performances, some live, in different rooms at the Gladstone Hotel. An added twist? Keys admit you to rooms in random order.
"We answer the same artistic questions as other forms of theatre but draw from a bigger toolbox," explains company member Sabrina Reeves, who herself comes from a straight theatre background.
"People often use the word "multidisciplinary' whenever two art forms -- dance and text, for instance -- are in the same piece.
"From our point of view, the term is only justified when the elements are so dependent on each other that taking away any element affects the whole."
These works often stump arts funders, who don't know where to slot certain projects, but they can give audiences new and moving experiences.
"We want to get to the audience at a certain level, maybe intuitive or emotional, even if they don't understand the work in traditional ways," says Reeves. "Performances like ours intentionally cross the brain's wiring."