The players take on a variety of rhythms, pitches and other vocal qualities to create songs. The most brilliant moments come when one or two players lead a song with a passionate performance that raises the energy of the whole group beyond their “go to” vocal offer. Every moment of song is enjoyable but there are one or two that are pure joy. I wonder if it is a conscious choice not to include lyrics in the songs as I am curious about what dimension they could add.
The style of the show feels free and give rise to a beautiful array of real and absurd characters, high stakes and emotionally nuanced stories. Performers have a sixth sense through the cycling motion of the show which engenders listening, connection and succinct story telling with well-chosen end points. For the vast majority, scenes and transitions are fun, inviting and satisfyingly abstract. The performers do a wonderful job of weaving themselves into the chaos and near the end Calgaro can’t squeeze into a scene herself between the enthusiasm of the other players. The stories shared, sweep from Sweden to New York to awkward Christmas’ to office parties to romance in mum’s basement.
I would highly recommend seeing Circle of Sound and Story when it is next presented. The dual nature of the show is a welcome balance between and dialogues and uplifting soundscapes; with a unique format it is a wonderful addition to a festival of spontaneous theatre. It was presented as part of the New Zealand Improv Festival 2016 at BATS theatre.