AND ONE NIGHT IT SNOWED by the company, directed by Allyson McMackon, with Melinda Little, Patrick Conner, Lucy Rupert, Hume Baugh and Viv Moore. Presented by the Rusty-Snow Co-Op at the Theatre Centre (1087 Queen West). Runs to January 17, Thursday-Saturday 8 pm. $15-$18. 416-538-0988. Rating: NNN
Former PM Pierre Trudeau was a complex and multi-faceted man, a fact beautifully captured in the intriguing movement-based work And One Night It Snowed . Dispensing with traditional narrative, director Allyson McMackon and an energetic ensemble split Trudeau up into five archetypes - the Lover, the Warrior, and so on - sampling generously from Trudeau's memoirs and speeches and using music as diverse as Bach and Kool and the Gang.
The result is a dreamlike production that doesn't try to be the final word on Trudeau. Instead, it interweaves physical motifs and bits of text to suggest a man looking for answers from himself and us.
There are lots of amusing sequences, such as when Viv Moore (the Trickster) and Hume Baugh (the Warrior) duel with hockey sticks on Allison Green 's cool ice-like floor streaked with blue. Lucy Rupert demonstrates an erotic grace as an androgynous figure swinging sexily to disco, while Melinda Little and Patrick Conner present the more cerebral, philosophical sides of the man near the end.
A piece like this can only last an hour or so, and McMackon orchestrates the scenes gracefully in 55 efficient minutes.
My one quibble? A bit more context would have been nice for those born after the baby boom who aren't entirely up on their Trudeau history. Then this thoughtful winter walk by one of Canada's most intriguing leaders would resonate more.