Perspectivoyage apparently derives its name from the voyage taken by the audience in experiencing different perspectives from the underlying events. This pairing of visual artist Matthew Mann and choreographer Lucy Bowen McCauley with actor Dave Bobb is an interesting idea, but not entirely successful in execution.
The events differ with the perspective of two characters – Bob (Bob Mann) and Jody (Lucy Bowen McCauley) – from different means of communicative devices (storytelling, telephone conversation, and television broadcast reporting), and different visual elements, including a painted backdrop with various segments and a painting of the two characters as the story proceeds. In addition, the background music has different rhythms and melodies.
The performance does have some interesting elements. McCauley contributes expressive choreography and movements. Dave Bobb has a strong presence.After an initial sequence about the creative process, which feels a little padded, the story draw the audience’s interest.
Yet Perspectivoyage’s underlying story is not that interesting. A lonely man finds someone who will travel with him to the Grand Canyon. It is a relatively mundane concept for illustrating the use of different perspectives. Greater differences in lighting and set would have helped might have helped the piece make its artistic point.
The artists described the piece as having a central structure tied to the music, with room for improvisation. Thus, your experience with Perspectivoyage may differ as the show evolves.
Perspectivoyage… performs again July 26 at 6pm and July 2 at 6pm.
Perspectivoyage: The Mann Bobb McCauley Experience
Actor: Dave Bobb
Visual Artist: Matthew Mann
Choreographer: Lucy Bowen McCauley
Produced by The Source Festival
Reviewed by Steven McKnight
Running time: 30 min