Watching Maya Carroll -The Instrument perform Night Glass Day Mirror is like watching two people move in and out of a nightmare or bad trip. The soundscape is created on stage by Roy Carroll and consists of a cacophony of loud pops, feedback, scrapes, and other distorted percussive gestures. Maya moves in precise spasms as she seems to interact with the visions of a disjointed reality. The musician and dancer are interacting, maybe even communicating, but we are unable to decipher the language or their psychotic break. Occasionally, the perceived chaos is broken by pointed moments of alignment between the two.
At one point, the madness stops. As the reverie dies down, the two seem to wake. They move about the stage in a childlike fashion and do their best to connect. Being unable to find a shred of the chemistry from their previous manic collage, they eventually give up. They then re-enter their dark, frenzied, nightmare to escape the mundane, to gorge on madness.