GROUP: Gunnar Montana
ATTENDED: Sun., Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Asian Arts Initiative
CLOSES: Sat., Sept. 21, 10 p.m.
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Welcome to the darkest corner of this year's Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Immerse yourself in a beautifully twisted, violently artistic, and utterly macabre love story.”
WE THINK: A large plastic tarp surrounds the room, blue lighting creates the darkness and coldness of a basement, a bloody bathtub sits on one end of the room and the door on the other, dismembered body parts spaced sporadically. Basement manages to create a scene straight out of a horror movie. Although not a show for the faint of heart, the demented performance proved to be truly beautiful in a dark and twisted way.
As the show begins, a man, Gunnar Montana, opens the door and comes out with a body bag over his shoulder, soon dropping the bag and dragging it to the opposite end of the room. As he is dragging the bag, the body is literally at the feet of the audience members, making this all too close for comfort.
“Basement” portrays the feelings of struggle, and shows passion through the struggles of the women who were held captive in this sick and twisted room. The performance is altogether beautiful and powerful, but the most noteworthy portion of the show is the scene where the victim does a performance in and around the bloodied bathtub, after having had gasoline poured over her, while Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” plays, showing the true sorrow of a victim.
This show truly allows you to enter a world of fragile emotion that no one should want to enter, but leaves you wanting more.
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