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24 September, 2019

Whoa. Just…whoa.

Invisible Cities is 120 minutes of sheer, visual spectacular.

Completely absorbing, this may be one of the best things you’ll ever see.

From start to finish, this show is a relentless feast for the eyes and ears.

The audience starts in a cocooned space, enveloped by a projection screen which fills your entire gaze (revel in this anticipation – you’re in for a treat!).

These screens shift and change throughout the performance, opening the vast warehouse-come-stage space before you, always to reveal a new and surprising chapter.

Overall, the integration of projection creates a fully immersive, cinematic/theatrical experience that anyone can enjoy.

The design is truly the star of the show.

Kublai Khan played by Danny Sapani and Marco Polo played by Matthew Leonhart deeply impress, and the 21-strong Rambert dancers are fluid and beautiful.

It’s easy to see why they are known as one of the foremost contemporary dance ensembles in the world.

Director Leo Warner and Co-Director and Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui are to be congratulated for filling every minute of this play with dazzling movement.

I’d say, however, the sheer spectacle of the design, sound and movement overwhelms the narrative and emotional charge of the play.

In this sense, everything else in the show elicited so much excitement, that anything else felt to be lacking by comparison.

I would have loved to feel more for the characters and connected to their journey.

Overall, Invisible Cities is the sort of show that you truly experience rather than just see.

It’s completely invigorating – unmissable this Brisbane Festival.