The 11th Dimension by ROI ESCUDERO
Planet Connections @ The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street
REVIEWED BY Mia Moreta
ESCUDEROas BUBULINA and her Alter Ego MRS.MIND, JOHN CENCIO BURGOSas ROSALINDO and his Alter Ego PAVOR, LIA BARCELLONA TAMBORRA as TRUE and her Alter Ego BELLONA FRAUS, and BUBULINOS’ pet, The BIRD of TRUTH, IOAN ARDELEAN as ANTONIN ARTAUD and his HALLUCINATIONS, VALENTIN EWAN as VALIANT B1 Console controller of NUCLEUS 22222, JACK PLACIDI as Dr. DESTINO (Video Performer, CESAR VALDERRAMA El SOPLÓN, RAT, FLYING MONKEYS, DANTE & VIRGIL (Video)
“The 11th Dimension” by Roi Escudero is a post- modern theatrical performance of art inspired by The Theory of Everything, Antonin Artaud, and Dante’s 9 Circles of Hell. This deeply engaging drama was created by award-winning, conceptual artist Roi Escudero blending different types of art, surreal humor and a visual arts collection containing “nostalgic music” hits. The tale is told in the 11th Dimension by Artaud and the existential heroic beings of light, the Bubulinos. Through their travels across space and time, the Bubulinos struggle with the physical troubles of mankind’s present, striving to keep their “divine child” pure. In their quest to rescue the “Bird of Truth” the Bubulinos are guided by Artaud. The hell of today’s “ruled world by the greedy” witch Mrs. Mind, Dante and Vergil must help them.
“The 11th Dimension” was ambitious, enchanting, but – at times – disjointed and complicated. It experiments with storytelling and the use of different forms of media. This piece shows the audience some deep human mysteries. It’s an edgy show literally about nothing. I thought the show had some great potential and the message that it carries is important, however the way the story conveys the message is rather confusing and – sorry to say – annoying. Sitting back and enjoying the ride there were many moments of fun and wit with beautiful imagery. This was something I personally loved about the storyline. The performances was unique and the art created imagination. John Cencio Burgos was wonderful with an amazing voice and he wasn’t alone. While he stood out, the ensemble cast gave us a good show … even if it was tough to absorb.