Lisa Porter is to be commended for assembling such a talented crew. Lori Clarke was both a collaborator/performer and was responsible for the score. Her fellow collaborator/performer was Andrea Tucker. Now, who was the human and whom the angel? They were both lyrical and yet strong—an aspect that was enhanced by Kelly Bruton’s timeless costumes. I was reminded of images of Diana the huntress with both flowing robes and armor.
There is an intriguing quality of conflict here: the angel blown from Paradise, wings wounded, backwards into the future. Porter’s choreography and the improvisational nature of this piece leave a lot of ambiguity, fertile grey shadows or room for our imaginations.
The St. John’s Vocal Exploration Gatherings under the direction of Chris Tonelli was also a very strong presence in this production. So much so that if I had one temptation to resist while viewing Future Perfect it was the desire to close my eyes so that I could better concentrate on the choir sounds, which were simply ravishing
|Walter Benjamin is also quoted in the program see the tattoo for the quote.||Porter says in her programme notes that Klee’s Angelus Novussparked some of Bruton’s inspiration for the costumes.|