Kiss Bill is the latest theatre-dance piece, Kiss Bill by Montrealer Paula de Vasconcelos.
[…]Like the Tarantino film, Kiss Bill revolves around an attractive young woman (dancer Natalie Zoey Gauld) looking for Bill, the man who wronged her (identified here only as “the filmmaker,” played by actor Alexandre Goyette).
The movie has a long prelude to explain why the heroine is seeking to kill Bill in an eye-for-an-eye gesture of revenge. In contrast, at a Kiss Bill performance last week, the heroine sought the filmmaker not to make war, but to make peace.
To the tune of Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Gauld and Goyette played out the filmmaker’s offending act as a pair of shadows behind a row of large Japanese screens that formed a striking backdrop across the width of Usine C’s expansive stage (and recalled the decor in Kill Bill).
Gauld was like a persistent memory in the mind of the filmmaker, who spent much of his time debating his next project with his producer (actress Sylvie Moreau). In a role that’s become a clichÃ©, Moreau was the Hollywood sideshow barker ready to put anything and everything on the screen dispassionately as long as it separated the suckers from their money.
Of course, to such a producer, violence is key. In a humorous exchange, filmmaker and producer mimed different kinds of weapons - guns, bombs, chainsaw - with which to “slaughter” each other. Throughout the work, de Vasconcelos consciously employed stylized gestures and comedy to prevent the show’s “violent” acts from becoming merely sensational.
“I didn’t want to do a work that questions violence by using violence,” said de Vasconcelos in a recent interview. “The best way is to distance yourself (from violence) and find the ridiculous aspect of it.”[…]
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