Circus is spectacle, but that doesn’t have to mean bedazzled pageantry. During Recirquel Company Budapest’s Non Solus, the opposite is true. The theater becomes as quiet, dark, and spare as an empty church, and that’s the point — to spend 55 minutes with your heart in your throat, your hand over your mouth, marveling at the feats of two extraordinary men.
Artistic director Bence Vági says Non Solus (Not Alone) was inspired by a stay in Chile’s Atacama Desert. In that sand-and-sky vastness, he realized he would never be alone because (paraphrasing his program notes) one’s sole true companion is one’s own soul. This may be true, but to me, something much more mystical, altogether mythic, unfolds on the stage of BAM’s Howard Gilman Opera House.
The stage design both honors and disrupts . . .
Recirquel Company Budapest’s “Non Solus” at BAM. Photo by Max Gordon.
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