ED2013 Theatre Review: Leonce And Lena (Teatro Máquina)
Brazil has delivered. I found this pulsating performance infinitely more fun than the blurb had suggested; the company’s cheeky charm won me over within the first minute. I was captivated less by the done-to-death love story itself, and more by the mesmerising way in which the performers communicated it; in this miscellany of theatre, music, and dance, the space buzzed with energy and enjoyment. From the great beats to the beautifully translated subtitles projected onto the backdrop, the ingenious use of bubble wrap to the almost cinematic choreography, this was a brilliant showcase of Latin style. Utterly eccentric, yes. But, with a sprinkling of open-mindedness, a triumph for the senses. And – a total justification of the airmiles.
Venue150 @ EICC, until 24 Aug, 4.30pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Sophie Baggott]