Cotton Court, 30-42 Waring St
Belfast BT1 2ED
Enquiries: 028 9023 0660
Festival Box Office: 028 9024 3042
Loo is a hot, dry wind from Asia that comes alive on summer afternoons. Experience the changes this wind can cause: moving the desert sand dunes, drying up wetlands and jungles, leaving ships buried in sandy oceans, unable to sail.
This poetic exploration set around the bow of a sunken boat in a sea of sand, uses evocative music, buried objects and stunning visual effects to give audiences a first-hand experience of the destructive effect of this wind... and a chance to understand how and why the Loo blows.
Upstairs at The MAC is wheelchair accessible, guide dogs welcome and induction loop system available.
Thanks to support from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) through the Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture (PICE).
With support from La Sala, Teatro Segarra, & Generalitat de Catalunya.
A very favourable wind
Teresa Ferré 06/07/2016. Recomana.cat
How to portray a windy scene? With imagination, precision down to the smallest detail and a protagonist who, from the first instance, captivates viewers without uttering a word. Emilie de Lemos does a remarkable job of body movement and expressiveness of gesture without ever resorting to overacting. With eyes like plates, she performs within a boat-shaped setting that evokes children's park sand pits, here created utilising thousands of cork chippings. From a large wooden mast, Lemos spectacularly unfurls the sails with deftness and agility to signal the beginning of the journey.
The scenic space is designed to promote interaction between the boldest spectators, who on Sunday did not hesitate when it came to becoming guides or playing in the sea of cork chippings. Thanks to the sound and lighting we become immersed in an adventure that provokes the little ones to astonished cries when they notice danger and then much noisy laughter, for example when the wind blows comically from the interior of the Earth. A half an hour that is also time for adults to disconnect absolutely from reality and enjoy a show that can awaken very diverse interpretations: from the purely aesthetic, because some moments of beauty are always welcomed, to profound thoughts and deep inner reflections.