Cart Macabre is a nightmare fairground ride through a dreamlike landscape. It’s a restless exploration of isolation and disorientation, an act of faith on the part of the audience. In total darkness, 32 people are shepherded into eight wooden carts and moved through a succession of theatrical environments. The carts – their smell, their sounds, the sensation of their movement – become an inseparable part of a multi-sensory experience. Throughout this journey, a narrative begins to unfold, revealed to the audience through the architecture of the performance space – peepholes, shutters and sliding doors. Images appear out of blackness, reminiscent of the sea, faded glories, death, decay and the purgatory of waiting and wondering.
Cart Macabre Trailer from Living Structures on Vimeo.
“’CART MACABRE’ IS UNIQUE – LIKE BEING A HUMAN PIECE SHAKEN AROUND A GIANT KALEIDOSCOPE”
“WE ARE TOSSED ON A CREAKING SEA, HAUNTED BY A FRAGILE HEART, MOVED BY DISTANT SINGING …. LIVING STRUCTURES’ INSTALLATION-CUM-DRAMA RESONATES ACCURATELY WITH DARK JUNGIAN DREAMS, UNTIL EVEN ITS RICKETY MAKESHIFT QUALITY ADDS TO THE SENSE OF VULNERABILITY.”
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