montreal

Joe

Theatre Maisonneuve

With its Everyman title and its effacing costumes of drab overcoats, fedoras pulled down tight, and clunky boots for men and women alike, Joe presents itself as a post-Metropolis fable for our time. First presented as part of the international festival of new dance in Montreal, this performance piece, choreographed by Jean-Pierre Perreault, has been revived in an expanded form. The setting is one of generalized, industrial bleakness, a vast blue-lit area marked off by rectangles, with a stage-wide ramp upstage leading to “windows” (which open onto blank space). In this logical hell of a futuristic factory, a regimented clump of humanity, 30 performers in all, move in unison. Their marches on the amplified stage create a rumbling, thundering aural accompaniment to their robotic gestures. As the phalanx charges around, some figures occasionally split off, propelled in an opposite direction,

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