The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment

2008 November 24
by Paul

Venue: Green Room, Manchester.

Cupola Bobber are an American Duo, who originated in Chicago and since 1999 have been performing their work across America and the UK.

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The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment is a beautiful example of approachable ‘experimental theatre’. The show is seventy minutes long and is a visual feast, filled with open doors and welcoming aesthetics.

The set is made entirely from cardboard and string. An artificial surrealist interpretation of the title space (the apartment) transforms the traditional studio space. The cardboard ceiling in the space is hanging on a sloping gradient decreasing toward the back of the stage. The initial reaction toward the cardboard is one of relief. The honesty of home-made equipment immediately quashes any apprehensions of pretence or lack of accessibility.

This piece of performance appeals to everyone.

The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment embarks on a journey of differed gratification. The performance opposes the usually perfected elements of the theatre and establishes a boyish charm with its audience through the ‘make-shift’ approach to the set. The piece begins with the larger of the two performers, Tyler. B Myers, allowing the smaller performer Steven Fiehn to balance on his back. Fiehn is facing the cardboard ceiling and Myers the cardboard floor, this section of the piece explores duration and the struggle Myers is undergoing to support Fiehn is openly performed to the audience. The performance embraces the side of stage shows that are so often hidden in an attempt to look more ‘professional’ or more ‘comfortable’ on stage. Cupola Bobba shatters the illusions of perfection and explodes the shackles of traditional theatre with an extremely strong breath of fresh air.

The duo incorporates repetition with a clowning twist. Adopting the style of the legendary silent film actor Buster Keaton’s by mimicking some of his most recognisable moves. The unlikely duo hit the physical scores competently and it is a joy to watch. Repetition can often loose the audience after a few minutes but this joyous exploration of clowning and play had the spectators in the palm of Cupola Bobber’s sweaty hands.

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The simple beauty of this performance is the really memorable element of the Duo’s show. Paper stars and

an adjustable ceiling provide a small taster for the wonders that appear in this alladins cave of breathtakingly charming simplicity. Fiehn and Myers combine intellectually challenging text with Goat Island influenced movement and repetition to create a show that is completely unique and filled with light-hearted feel-good fun.

For a feel good night of culture, beauty and comedy Cupola Bobber’s The Man Who Pictured Space From His Apartment is the show for you. Once you see this fabulous feast it will become clear why the show is so populous and the reviews have been glowing to say the least. A piece of Contemporary Theatre that really opens its arms to all lovers of fun and beauty, a must see for all.

Lola McEvoy

www.greenroomarts.org

www.cupolabobber.com

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