A brisk, hilarious show by two spanish performers that works like a time machine or an elixir of youth: it zips you back to your childhood, when speech seemed more like a cacophony of sounds, an infinite, free territory unbound by any definitive meaning or logic. Y POR QUÉ JOHN CAGE? looks at language without inhibition. It will teach you how to talk-how to talk differently, even in your own language.
It´s like when a person sits down to his first lessons in a foreign language: speech breaks out of the realm of conveying meaning and just becomes a song, the drumming of the vocal chords against the air, provoking, caressing, or irritating at hearing, resonating inside the skull. And then that person starts to recognize the first words, stringing them together, and because some of them sound similar, it is easy to mix them up. Break a leg becomes shake a leg.
Because the performance plays with language, it also keeps a respectful distance from it. The performers repeat their utterances, cannot express themselves, speak about speaking, reflecting on language by using language. It is as they were too paralyzed by the structure of language and need to help things along with facial expressions, gestures and movement of the whole body so as to say anything at all, anything with a least a bit of meaning.
AlfredVedvorê Theatre, Praga.