Woo Me Myth returns to Ottawa with a new story, about a survivor’s second chance in a post-apocalyptic world, told through dance, music, and technology.
Should you see it?
Iredea (pronounced Ir-ih-day-ah) is a visual feast. Between costumes and projections and the robot and the giant mutant jelly fish and, of course, the dance and movement, there’s always something to grab and hold your focus in the best ways.
The show is set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world that will seem familiar to fans of the Fallout video game series. There we’re introduced to a woman who is given a quest to find the man responsible – the End-Gamer – and erect a monument in his image. Of, course, not all approve and the story is one of trust and loyalty and, in the end, sacrifice, which will leave you plenty of food for thought as to who the villains are.
While watching, I wondered to myself if perhaps this was a natural extension of a ballet. The movement and dance is all modern but in style of telling, it’s not much different than sitting down to watch Swan Lake. The story moves forward in scenes told nearly entirely in dance.
In Iredea, this is helped along by intercut narration explaining the world and the story, accompanied by beautiful hand-drawn sketches being projected onto the background. While the first such monologue is a bit long and therefore slows down getting into the story, it quickly finds a good balance that keeps everything moving along well.
The ears, too, are treated in Iredea, thanks to a rich sound scape largely controlled and played (including instrumentals and vocals) by an on stage tech (who’s also in the show), quite adding to the feel of the story you’re being told.
All together, Iredea is a treat of a show that you don’t see the likes of too often.
What did you think of Iredea? Did it enthrall you or bore you? What were the elements that stood out most for you?