SHOW: Beyond the Light
GROUP: Leila Ghaznavi and Pantea Productions
ATTENDED: Sept. 8, 7 p.m., Performance Garage
CLOSES: Sept. 21
BRIEF SELF-DESCRIPTION: “Beyond the Light is a sensual dynamic creation story of love. One soul split into two struggles to reunite. This all ages story combines puppetry, dance, aerial acrobatics and stunning visual effects.”
WE THINK: Ghaznavi’s low-tech brand of puppetry — utilizing a bundle of fabric animated by black lights, a hand with Groucho Marx glasses on the wrist, or nothing more than a well-placed flashlight beam — doesn’t leave room for error. But Ghaznavi doesn’t need it: She picks up an object and brings it to life immediately. Beyond the Light threads a simple love story through this rather random assortment of puppets, taking detours to investigate the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emma Lazarus and to showcase graceful dance and aerial acrobatics by Ghaznavi and her supporting cast.
There’s no complex plot to unpack here — just an aura of bittersweet longing that pervades as dancers and puppets collide but don’t quite connect. Moments of humor, beauty and heartache, and lots of visual surprises, make it a lovable journey.
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