A moving part – a solid part. Ockham’s Razor’s This Time is difficult to pinpoint. The aerial theatre troupe create dreamy imagery that bears the weight of many stories, but they initially choose to leave the bulk of information to the audience’s imagination.
Their skilful aerial show is full of stability and change, ups and downs and always someone there to catch you to restore the balance. In this foursome everyone plays their significant part. The acrobats move smoothly on their trapeze in anticipation of a split-second of complete stillness, but the pendulum never stops. The four artists illustrate human relations both verbally and visually, creating the impression of a family playing in a treehouse. Through the reduced imagery and minimalistic set, the full picture must vary from audience member to audience member, just like the experience must be different for each part of the rectangle. I personally see family members climbing from branch to branch and taking turns on the swing on the old oaktree in the back garden. At times, the solid rectangle is reduced to a triangle, two parallels or just two people at an angle. Despite their smooth collaboration in movement, every performer has their own story, eventually opening up to the room before retreating to the comfort of their partners’ arms. Every single part of the quartet shows a different angle, each one a hinge of a bigger frame. A private space shared with implicitness and mutual trust. The room is dark, the set kept minimal, but the performers never fail to fill it up with a great presence.
A dynamic and simplistic reflection on relationships – with ourselves and those that are directly affected by our next move. A sensitive equilibrium of emotions, reactions, insecurities and trust. We can observe each member’s learning curve towards recognising the part they play in life, who they are within their environment and the realization that we can hold ourselves high or let go but will always have something to fall back on. Whether it be in moments of confidence, anticipation, disappointment, temper, guilt or acceptance. Ockham’s Razor take us on a journey through love and loss, trauma and comfort, supported by a visual reminder that we have each other.
This Time might best be described as a pendulum swinging between past and present, a nostalgic reflection that will never find complete stillness, but shows the liberty of making an active choice to move along with time. Ockham’s Razor establish ties between generations and put on a contemporary show resonating with young, old and everything in-between.
You can see Ockham’s Razor: This Time in Saint Stephens Theatre Grand Hall on August 14-19 and 21-25. For tickets, go to https://tickets.edfringe.com/