I was lucky enough to attend the first performance of BLACK WATER last night, and I am still thinking about it.
This is the first "full-scale production" Skewed Visions has put together in three years, and it was worth the wait. Charles has been working on the idea for a long time, but it took a lot of effort to get the site (the old Mediterranean market on University Avenue) and the additional performers (Laurie van Wieren and Megan Mayer) all put together. Permitting and other logistics have been especially challenging. Still, I can't imagine the piece in any other way.
As in many site-specific pieces, you stand and follow the action — pausing to watch scenes (sometimes walking around and examining them as they occur), and so you are carried through the building and out onto University Avenue.
It's also a short piece — well under an hour. It leaves you wanting more, more of the performances, more of the ideas, more of the experience (more wine?). It's a double-edged sword, and I think that Skewed Visions errs *just* on the right side of it.
I'd like to talk to you about it, and I would love you to attend. I'm thinking of bringing a group, taking advantage of the short run time to talk about it afterwards; Skewed Visions does a series called "How Dare You" where they discuss performances, and it might be nice to turn the tables a bit. Who would like to come?