choreographed by Shuji Onodera
November 13, 2015
by Tom Phillips
Copyright 2015 by Tom Phillips
Amidst flying furniture and bodies, an ordinary piece of fruit -- an orange -- commands the stage in Shuji Onodera's dance/ mime/ theatre piece "Spectator." The orange is bowled across the floor, passed from hand to hand, or held in place while seven acrobatic performers take turns supporting it. It's an object of curiosity, then of contention as two women fight for control, with one finally plunging a knife into it, driving the other to fling a fit. 'The action is presided over by a pretty female narrator, who introduces herself as a writer and the piece as a love story. But then she's a waitress, and still later a housewife suspected in the disappearance of her husband, who's been cleverly stuffed into an attache case. What's going on? We can't really say, and that turns out to be the key to the pleasures of "Spectator."
Mai Nagumo, Yu Saito, Momoko Fujita, Naoya Oda, Hideaki Takeuchi, Maki Yamada in Shuji Onodera's "Spectator." Photo: Julie Lemberger.