Many of you (I am sure) are probably wondering what on earth has happened to this blog. Where are all those insightful and witty articles I have been promising? I started this page with the conviction that I will go through with it, I will not tire, nor procrastinate, I will write and write and write to my heart’s content. But, like most things, I have yet to do all the above. The fact is, this blog was dangerously starting to sink into oblivion. To pull it out from the grave it was digging itself in, I have decided to revive it with an « all-sensory theatrical experience », you heard me.
Yesterday, while aimlessly wandering through what is commonly called the ‘weird side of YouTube’, I stumbled upon a video called « WIFE – The Grey Ones ». I was intrigued by the title and also by the statuesque figures in the thumbnail so I clicked. At first disconcerted by the strange jagged visuals accompanied by alien music, I was very quickly absorbed into the whole atmosphere and proceeded to spend the rest of the afternoon watching and re-watching video upon video.
Turns out, I found a real gem. WIFE is a theatrical/dance troupe composed of three artists from Los Angeles: Kristen Leahy, Nina McNeely, and Jasmine Albuquerque. It combines music, digital projections and dance to create an otherworldly and trance like performance that the viewer can interpret for himself. While watching, I thought that this is probably what a Joan Miro painting would look like if it could move. The more you concentrate on the movements and combined light projections, the more you understand how much work must be put into such a production. The result can only be described as ethereal; through a clever combination of darkness and light, the human form ceases to be tangible or even individual – it can be cut up and remolded together – three beings becoming one synchronized entity, inviting us to another world. This is probably why the troupe is called WIFE instead of ‘wives’ and even describes itself as ‘she’.
A very futuristic imagery is constructed throughout the three videos shown on YouTube; ‘The Grey Ones’ (inspired perhaps by the Graeae Sisters of Greek mythology), ‘Past Lives and ‘Statuettes’. The performances tells a story, and the themes can range from birth, death, beauty, femininity adding even poetry, like in the very colourful ‘Passengers‘ video (my personal favorite) directed by Benjy Russell. Seeing as this is interpretative art, some people may view the performances differently and the interpretations can be infinite. But this is why WIFE is so interesting because it makes you think, it pulls you in, engages and enchants you. That, to me, is what art is all about. If you have a few minutes to spare, I advise you to take a look, see what you can find.