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Becky Lestrange – Wet Performance Piece

Junior Performing Arts student, Becky Lestrange, has been showcasing her new critically-acclaimed one-woman performance art piece, Wet, in the Rebecca Thompson Art Center last weekend. She will be repeating the show each weekend for the rest of the month, on both Friday and Saturday night. Students can get in for free, although members of the public will have to pay a small fee if they wish to see it. And you should go out to see it before it's gone.

Before we get into the show, let's take a brief look at our star. Rebecca Margaret Lestrange—Becky, to most—is a relatively quiet but active member of the creative arts department here at Central U. She may not be the most outspoken student, but she has really come to garner a lot of respect in her department. Her instructors within all have great things to say about her dedication to the work and the quality she produces from it.

After two years of working hard and doing the work, she came to her instructor last semester with an idea for a performance piece she wanted to do. Instead of telling her that was not part of the assignment for the class, he listened and gave her some pointers on what could work better and how she could make it happen. She worked on it in private, and sometimes with the help of her instructors or a few classmates, as she honed and perfected the piece.

Once she was satisfied with the result, and her instructor thought it was ready, she was offered a spot to give it a trial run for the department. It was invite only, mostly the rest of the instructors, some council members, and a number of high-ranking students. She performed the whole thing for them and received a stellar performance review from all of them, which lead to the arts council agreeing to give her time on the public schedule.

Now that her first few public performances of Wet have debuted, and the reviews have started to come in, we can truly say she has created something unique and beautiful to behold. On the surface it sounds like a simple modern dance piece, but the layers of subtly within it, getting across the messages she has embedded in the performance, make it something far more than it appears. Wet is something everyone will enjoy on many levels, from base carnal to high-minded.

When you first walk in, you see what mostly looks like a Spartan dark stage with a small wooden rim around all the edges. The entire thing is framed with a metal tubing scaffold, that goes completely over the stage but seems to hold nothing. Black curtains hang behind it all, making it look even more empty and barren, only broken up by the occasional ring light in various, slowly shifting colors. Then the lights go down and the show begins.

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In the dark, music begins to play throughout the theater and the sound of rain can be heard starting up. Those in the front rows even start to feel the occasional drop of water or cool mist waft across them. When the ring lights come up, they illuminate sheets of real water raining down from the tubing of the scaffolding into the framed off stage area, creating a beautiful colorful creation of water and motion. All before a person is even seen

Then Becky walks out into the water and starts to slowly dance and move around from one point of the stage to another, speaking a few lines of what seem to be non sequiturs at the time, but as the show progresses become the backbone of the whole thing. Her movements also tell a part of the story, in addition to looking simply amazing as the water flows over her. After about twenty minutes she takes a seat on a stool, under the still pouring rains, and the mostly spoken word part of the performance begins. She sits there and continues her story, recounting the events that bring the enraptured audience along with her the whole way.

She finally ends with another burst of frenetic energy and dance, closing out the show when she collapses into the nearly two inches of water that coat the stage and the rains finally stop. She does not move until the lights are down and darkness once against engulfs the stage. When the house lights come up a moment later, she is gone and the audience is left with their thoughts about this spectacular show.

If you have the chance, you should head down and see Becky Lestrange's Wet before it's gone. You won't regret it.

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Last modified on 2017/6/18 by Admin
 
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