Reviewed by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move
You are the household’s sole income and the cure to your family’s debt (which won’t be paid for another 5 years). You’ve never missed a day of work and you don’t even remember being sick – ever! Life is pretty automated if not wonderfully exciting. Then suddenly you wake up and you’re ‘vermin’. No really. You are a four-legged big-eyed, screechy, grotesque, parasitic who-knows-what.
People perceived you as despicable and as causing problems for the rest of society. Everyone is afraid of and disgusted by you. And all the recognition and admiration of your dedicated service is suddenly forgotten same as your former face. Now what?
In Metamorphosis the Moving Art Collective recreates Kafka’s novella into a movement-based piece telling the story of Gregor Samsa, an overworked traveling salesman who one morning wakes from uneasy dreams to find he is transformed into a monstrous vermin. Gregor must now adjust to his new condition, as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repelled by the horrible creature he has become.
Hands down the most choreographically inventive movement performance to present at Hollywood Fringe this year. The Moving Art Collective has outdone themselves with a highly sophisticated storytelling art piece. Should it return at other venues in future, it is to be very highly recommended for all of its graphically descriptive aspects set in a minimalistic stage and design.