reviewed by Paula Citron
Created and performed by Juliette Binoche and Akram Khan
At Montreal’s Salle Pierre-Mercure until Jan. 17
The Juliette Binoche/Akram Khan dancetheatre duet In-I is as exhilarating as it is exasperating, as absorbing as it is disturbing, as emotionally raw as it is theatrically polished. Binoche is the revered Oscar-winning French actress. Khan is one of Britain’s most gifted dancer/choreographers. In-I features them both acting and dancing.
The show is a love story on the dark side, tainted by their emotional baggage and ravaged psyches. It is the disintegration of their love that is the heart of In-I. The marvel of the piece is how two supremely charismatic artists show through inventively detailed movement that they can’t live with each other and they can’t live without each other.
Binoche dominates, in part because of the obsessive, over-arching character she portrays. She is the aggressor, Khan the reactor. Their high energy, gymnastic, whirlwind of movement is filled with unforgettable images.
Lucky Montreal to grab this plum of a North American premiere.
In-I runs at Montreal’s Salle Pierre-Mercure, Jan. 6 to 17.