If you’re an aficionado of physical theatre then Origins is well worth checking out
In the darkened Zoo Aviary, we encounter Cain, the firstborn son of Adam who, after murdering his brother Abel, is wandering the wilderness alone. Using a simple music soundtrack augmented by the sounds of breath and vocalisations from the two-person cast, Origins attempts to portray Cain retracing his steps back to Eden and the moments that lead to the first murder and his exile.
Origins is a fine example of Animikii’s in-house style of multiple movement choreography of physical theatre that incorporates acrobatics and combat. The subtle lighting design creates a sombre and intimate mood and the heightened sound of bodies in movement is intense and immersive. The two men writhe, flip, wrestle, hug and fight creating a piece which is intriguing and, as I said, very open to interpretation. At times, they seem like siblings, at others, they are lovers and then, inevitably, they are enemies. The timeline is fluid and has a dreamlike sense that fits with the ravings of a repentant man wandering in the wilderness, cut off from his God.
If you’re an aficionado of physical theatre then Origins is well worth checking out; as an example of the genre, it’s a strong showing and if you’re not so sure, you’ll definitely see a piece that will intrigue and challenge your preconceptions of the art form.