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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