Stitch It!

There aren’t enough positive accolades in the English language to describe how utterly magnificent this piece of physical theatre is. Inbal Nelly Lewis Fichman is absolutely triumphant in her solo presentation of a work that is so intricate and complex. Every movement was completely controlled and the images she created were visually stunning.

Practically everything about this piece was perfect, the lighting was well thought out, the music was beautiful and the costume design was not only outstanding but was central to the stunning success of this show.

Practically everything about this piece was perfect, the lighting was well thought out, the music was beautiful and the costume design was not only outstanding but was central to the stunning success of this show.

Having developed a very unique style of movement that fuses butoh with mime, she was able to navigate the stage and story with such grace that you can’t take your eyes off what she is doing for a moment.

The only object to accompany her on the stage was her sewing box but between this and her costume she was able to weave a story of womanhood which was neither pitiful nor clichéd. The way she threaded the yarn through her clothes so symbolically was really moving and the action where she took the buttons from her box to place onto her face was so simple yet completely changed the tone of what she was doing.

There was a slight foray into a more sassy character, which probably seemed necessary in making the story progress; yet, it didn’t quite sit right in the piece. This was a shame but only lasted a moment before she slipped back into her original form and continued to stun her audience.

What she achieves with this show is incredible, each small action produced a visually stunning consequence, the sewing box went from representing a bird to a sailing ship and her costume portrayed just about every episode of womanhood one can imagine.

There is no doubt that this performance must have been incredibly physically challenging, but she doesn’t let on. The way she moved her body across the stage and interacted with her costume, until it became a part of her, was both inspired and highly impressive; clearly a great deal of work has gone into the making of this show.

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The Blurb

Solo physical theatre show without words. Birth to old age. Creation leads to death. One woman, one box, sewing a journey in silence. Lewis guides the audience through a journey of creation, reliving a woman’s life using the world of sewing. Remarkable visual moments and unique theatre language: a combination of butoh and mime. Creation and performance: Inbal Nelly fichman-Lewis. Costume: Yasmin Wollek. Artistic director: Yael Erlich Morag

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