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Moving this classical instrument into a new realm
This one-woman show by Helen Bower (Pieces of Helen) epitomises what Fringe World Perth is about- pure talent, unexpected places and challenging convention.
Helen's classical training is evident from the outset; she shows complete mastery of her instrument. Yet, this show is so much more. Without reducing any of its power or beauty she has made the violin approachable, in barefoot kind of way.
The juxtaposition of modern technology with a classical instrument adds texture and intrigue. Under Helen's skilled guidance, the show is built in cascading layers before your eyes and ears. Nothing is overlooked, with the lighting thoughtfully choreographed to add another dimension.
Pieces of Helen. Photo by Marina Bonofiglio.
From the first 'set' the crowd becomes completely captivated. The violin quickly moves into a new realm; both its convention as an instrument and where it can take us are questioned. It soothes, excites, but also challenges. Rather than a prescriptive performance, Lost in the Looping Glass allows the audience to escape to wherever they need.
Lost in the Looping Glass is showing at Fringe World Perth until the 30th of January at the intimate Four5Nine Bar, North Perth. This is the show's WA premiere season before heading to New Zealand. If the packed opening night is anything to go by, get your tickets quickly.