Last night, on the first calendar day of the new year, we saw Aurélia’s Oratorio at the A.R.T. Without dialogue and obvious plot, it’s filled with dance, music, visual tricks, acrobatics, puppets, black, white, red, gold, and weird beauty.
What is the show about? Hmm. During one scene, Grace whispered to me, “Ah, the dance is about the coat.” And that’s just the kind of experience it is: the dance is about the coat; the body is about time; love is about absence; and color is about movement. And shoes are for hands.
See some here. Don’t worry if you can’t decipher the voiceover; spoken words don’t matter to this show.