Blind Man’s Song combines mime, dance and live music to transport us into the mind of a blind musician. Our protagonist stands alone on stage, fumbling around, trying to navigate his bedroom. A bleak setting which quickly becomes an unsettling yet beautiful place to spend an hour.
Our senses are heightened, we share the blind man’s experience of living in the dark, seeing through only sound. We leave the musicians room once we enter his mind, this journey is made possible through the powerful live music, looped over itself to create an eerily beautiful score. As the blind man plays piano, a faceless female dancer appears and is soon joined by another in similar attire to the blind man. We recount memories of a chance encounter with a mysterious love interest, told through beautifully choreographed mime and dance. As the music is reversed and re-played we relive the key moment of their connection, a perfectly timed and powerful piece of dance.
The staging is simple, a dark room with nothing more than a bed and piano, this allows our imaginations to run wild, with no words spoken we are all left to interpret the story in our own way. The faceless dancers are initially disturbing, and wouldn’t look out of place as Dr Who villains, but this focuses attention on their movements and helps us identify with the blind man, emotions can only be heard.
A dreamlike state is created through a mesmerising score and the moments of powerful silence resonate with the audience. You could hear a pin drop.
Through Blind Man’s Song we experience the musician’s rage and anger at being kept in the dark, the fear of the unknown and also the beauty to be found in music and everyday sounds. The complex live layering of samples fits the dance perfectly and are well suited for our journey through the memories and imagination of the musician.
Blind Man’s Song is a magical piece of theatre, one that will have a number of interpretations and a welcome addition to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.