The Arts

Out of the Box Productions – Gwen Dobie’s Sound in Silence

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reviewed by Paula Citron
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Sound in Silence
Out of the Box Productions
Conceived and directed by Gwen Dobie
Choreographed by Jung-Ah Chung
Performed by Jung-Ah Chung, Bud Roach, Patricia Tedford, Joe Bucci, Joanna Bennett and Caitlin Fysh with musicians Jeffrey Wilson and Christina Faye
At the Theatre Centre until Jun. 21

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Sound in Silence is a poignant show that combines dance with science.

Creator/director Gwen Dobie is herself deaf, yet she had a career in dance before becoming an assistant professor in York University’s theatre department. The show is the story of Dobie’s struggle over adversity using a mix of movement, text, live music and both taped and live video projections.

The piece takes place within William Mackwood’s set where the audience sits on scattered swivel chairs among hanging diaphanous material that represents grey matter. There are projection screens on each wall. The configuration places the audience within the complex workings of a deaf person’s brain.

Expressive dancer Jung-Ah Chung portrays the heroine, and we watch her move through the early stages of deafness, through sensory overload, to finally developing her super senses. What is particularly fascinating is how sign language interpreter Joanna Bennett has been integrated into the dance itself.

Sound in Silence continues at the Theatre Centre until Jun. 21.

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