Reviews for 2016 Fringe Production of Origin

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Review #1 by Nancy Snipper: An Intensely Interesting Ensemble of Vocal Dexterity and Voracity

Friday, 3 June 2016

Four highly focused female actor/singers merge their voices to recreate the beginnings of humanity. Symbolism with the eating of the apple harkens back to Eve, and a lullaby sung takes us into babyhood and the reality of growing up and the wonder of hurt, work and love come together in over 30 acapella songs ranging from blues to ethereal and haunting harmonies. Director and actor Caroline Gauthier revealed some of the songs were written a long time ago, but the last song about freedom was written within the last four weeks. The three other actors were: Melissa Toussaint, Ingunn Omholt and Elodie Dupuy. All meshed well together. The rhythms and interesting clapping and tapping in some songs added further empowerment to the work. It’s no easy feat to take one hour of acapella theatre style and move us, but these women did. Their classes and connection forged at Straeon Acting Studio on Parthenon Street in Montreal surely enhanced the comfort these women displayed on stage. Caroline actually trained in opera. She left it to create her own ensemble where writing and singing bring to life themes of superb intensity. A performance of primeval implications morphing into modern life that proved to be compelling and interesting. There is nothing more powerful than the human voice.

Review #2

Monday, 16 May 2016

“The story of humanity’s fall from grace and living with the consequences told through movement and the sound of the voice. The songs are sung acapella with a strong undercurrent of the blues with a touch of gospel. Exquisite harmonies and powerful voices coupled with tribal movements combine to give the audience a compelling, immersive, enlightening and entertaining experience.

L’histoire de la chute de l’humanité de la grâce et de vivre avec les conséquences raconter a traver le mouvement et le son de la voix. Les chansons sont chantées acapella avec un fort courant du blues avec une touche de gospel. harmonies exquises et des voix puissantes couplées avec des mouvements tribaux se combinent pour donner au public une expérience convaincante, immersive, instructive et divertissante.”

Les Délires de Marie

vendredi 17 juin 2016

“De très belles voix mises en valeur par les harmonies et la musique créée par les corps. Un beau moment hors du temps.”