Studies in Motion

Walking backLast night I went to the preview performance of “Studies in Motion: The Hauntings of Eadweard Muybridge” at UBC’s Frederick Wood Theatre. For the cheapos out there (like me), previews are the least expensive way to see a play, and at only $6 I couldn’t go wrong. The production is part of the Push International Performing Arts Festival, on until February 4.

I was interested in the play because, well, it’s about a historically significant photographer (Muybridge) and how often do I come across theatrical performances related to my favorite passion of photography? Not often. The creators of the piece, the Electric Company Theatre also came highly recommended.

There is extensive use of projected images throughout the performance that create interesting visual effects. I especially enjoyed the play on Muybridge’s motion experiments that he is so well know for, using multiple actors in different positions to create a sequence. The story itself mainly centres around the darker aspects of Muybridge’s personality and the murder of his wife’s lover for which he was acquited.

“Studies in Motion” runs until January 29th, with performance at 7:30pm. Tickets are $18 regular, $10 student, or $12 seniors and can be ordered by phone at 604.822.2678.

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