Heap and Pebble... Magic on Ice...
I caught Northern Light Theatre's 6.0 How Heap and Pebble Took on the World and Won last night at the Westbury Theatre. I always like it when I can catch a NLT show because you never know what you are going to get. There is nothing truly predictable and this show was no exception. It's hard to describe, but it is a lot of sequined fun with two excellent performers (indeed, I cannot think of any two others in Edmonton than Jesse Gervais and Amber Borotsik to pull this off) and a serious undertone. It's well directed, surprising, athletic and artistic - really, everything a good original ice dance routine should be - and a good theatre adventure. I am still trying to figure out exactly what it means. The show tackles a few different things - global warming, pursuing a dream, achieving excellence, moving on when your world changes - but it gives no easy answers. For some this show would be totally about the environmental implications. For me, it was more about the death of a dream and surviving and rebuilding. Don't get me wrong, even though I came out thinking deeply, it was a laugh filled show with some phenomenal movement!
I was also excited to read up about the rest of the Northern Light season. I have season's tickets this year so I will be seeing them all. It looks like I will be in for some more surprising and unpredictable shows throughout the year. I can't wait!