When Angels Fall

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When Angels Fall

Theatre review by Steve Duffy –

A riveting tale of flightless angels surviving in the wake of a global collapse, When Angels Fall brings French creator and director Raphaëlle Boitel’s spellbinding visual storytelling (no words are uttered throughout) to the stage. Blending circus, dance, and cinema, When Angels Fall is a dystopia where the resilience of the human spirit is pitted against the sterile and mechanical. Drawing inspiration from such disparate artists as Pina Bausch, David Lynch and Boitel’s longtime collaborator, James Thierrée, this delightfully dark and entrancing theatrical premiere explores how the beauty of letting go gives us the strength we need to rise.

Angels is mesmerizing from the very first moment. The silence of the artist draws you in immediately. I was captivated by their dance and movement. No words were needed to hook you – the story is in the dance.

The artist moved with extraordinary physical prowess as some of them fly, soar, and dance on stage.    

The beauty of the show is  how the lighting and set design blend with the characters bringing their story to life.

RUNNING TIME:  70 minutes, no intermission

When Angels Fall is now playing through February 24th at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Tickets start at just $20 and may be purchased online at www.artsemerson.org, by phone at 617.824.8400, or in person at the box office. Group, student, and senior discounts are also available.

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