August 28th, 2012

Sea dragon

Review: Walking (Robert Wilson at Norfolk and Norwich festival)

So last week I did something I can only ever imagine doing as a person who lives in England: I took a day off work to do an art thing. See, here we have piles of vacation time (I think 25 days per year is the government minimum), so people have (as I see it) more time off than they know what to do with it. This is good, as stuff like "having furniture delivered" and "having the cable connected" often requires taking a day off to stay at home (since none of these kinds of companies tend to believe in evening and weekend work).

Anyway, so I took a day off work to go to a place I've never been (Norfolk) to see some art by a world famous theater designer (Robert Wilson). Here's my review of Walking, an installation art piece that involves moving through an empty countryside past several ... things.

It sounded awesome but there were some serious problems with how they managed the start and the end of the journey. Ultimately, it wasn't really worth the trip for me.

The same week, I saw a play called Volcano by Noel Coward. "Ooh," I thought, "a forgotten work by this genius of theater!" Well, as ever, I'm discovering that most works that don't get revived have been rightly left as roadkill on the highway of literature. I barely managed to stay until intermission then legged it. I'll try to get it written up so no one else makes the same mistake. Given the theater was only half-full, I think word had already gotten out.

I'm getting ready to spend a week kayaking in Sicily so I need to get those reviews in soon - my poor blog is going to suffer. Better find something to write up this week.