Everywhere this has played its protagonist has become the unlikely star of the festival. Unlikely, because it’s a large white blob.
Not a hostile one like in the old sci-fi movie, but nevertheless a blob with a distinct and at first disconcerting personality. By turns curious, inquisitive, shy, conflicted, afraid, playful and welcoming it invites us to form a relationship with it and eventually we find ourselves compelled to surrender to its strange ineffable purpose.
Blaas means ‘blow’, ‘bubble’ or 'bladder' in Dutch and is the result of a conceptual collaboration between director Boukje Schweigman, who is interested in space and time; Cocky Eek, a fashion designer turned visual artist, who is fascinated by wind and air; and performer, Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, who, with her co-performers, makes the whole thing move whilst miraculously remaining invisible.
It’s an “experiential meditation on the boundaries between outside and in” and audiences respond to it in innumerable ways: for some it’s profound and intense, others can’t stop giggling for long after it’s over. All agree it’s beautiful and unique. Enter the unknown and let the blob have its way with you.
Tender, otherworldly, explorative and extraordinary…I walked out of Blaas in a state of wonder. The world I’d left behind when I entered the show was the same, but I found that my relationship with it had changed.
Brighton Fringe Review
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Blaas is powerfully enigmatic, and a masterwork of choreographic precision. It's also got a sense of humour… you might compare it to friendly alien abduction… But really, descriptions don't cut it. Cross 'swimming with dolphins' off your bucket list and replace it with Blaas: it feels rarer, and realer, somehow.
Design Cocky Eek Music Jochem van Tol Lighting Hugo Hendrickx Performers Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, Jochem van Rijsingen, Barnaby Savage, Felix Schellekens, Eva Kijlstra Technical management Jurr van Diggele, Merijn Versnel Production management Vera Andeweg