Review: Evocation, theSpace on the Mile

A design led, channel crossing Punch-and-Judy Belgian poetry reading with projection. If this sounds complicated, that’s because it is. Evocation is a beautiful show, you admire it, but there is nothing to guide the audience through the high concepts and as a result we become lost. It is mercifully a short show, running at no longer than 40 minutes, which means that being lost in its spell isn’t too bad. I can’t say I knew what was going on, but maybe that is the point, poetry isn’t meant to be cerebrally understood. Poetry is meant to be felt, and Evocation is a theatrical impression of these poems.

The piece sits in the middle of a Venn diagram of poetry, theatre and performance art. Marie-Anne reads Albert Giraud’s Pierrot Lunaire: roundels Bergamesque, and has a few conversations with a puppet. Audrey L’Ebellec the sole actor performs with gusto and passion, but lacks much sensitivity. Her readings of the poems are mostly in emotion states, which stops the piece from having much nuance.

The design however is a marvel, with wonderfully worked projection pouring over the set. The set is a metal structure which seems to have endless creative potential. The puppetry is daring but isn’t performed with much skill.

Evocation is playing at theSpace on the Mile as part of the Edinburgh Fringe until August 26.