Presented by Momentum
I spent an enchanting hour at the Unity watching this visually stunning
and dynamic new production, which is the third part of Momentum's trilogy
on the exploration of life.
Anima, conceived and performed by Yorgos Karamalegos and Elinor Randle,
and directed by Malou Airaudo and Momentum, is centred on dreams and the
subconscious life. This was conveyed in the production by the use of atmospheric
music and lighting, as well as highly unusual movements and gesticulations
of the body by both participants.
Not one word is spoken throughout, only non-verbal sounds, which added
to the dreamlike nature of the piece. Within dreams - or my dreams at
any rate - no words are uttered.
Anima opened with the appearance of what looked like primordial people,
dressed like hooded monks but with large fish heads attached to their
Other scenes include Randle's body being compressed like a ball into
a gossamer type fitting with only her head and feet showing. What it was
conveying was not clear, and Randle ended up swinging on a trapeze dressed
in a large silver mermaid costume. It was that type of evening!
Karamalegos was inspired in helping to put this production together after
reading a phrase from his favourite author Haruki Murakami, in which he
said that our responsibility in life begins in our dreams.
He and Randle have clearly tried - with the various styles and techniques
of physical theatre they have utilised - to convey how very important
dreams are within one's life; they are not just a mere adjunct to being