No matter who we are, where we live, or when we live, the same sky hovers over all of our heads. The omnipresent sky was the inspiration behind Manitoba Theatre for Young People’s “I on the Sky”, a dynamic, moving play that uses mime, gymnastics, and dance, to tell the story of a young woman who just arrived in a new country and finds refuge on a park bench. Yves Simard, the writer and director, explains that every time he arrives in a new place, he goes to a park to get to know his surroundings and to gaze at the sky, the same sky that is blanketing his family faraway. From that, a story of war, love, and isolation was born.
DynamO Théâtre’s acrobatics can be compared to Cirque de Soleil. The major difference being that every move is choreographed in line with the story, rather than the stunts being the main attraction. Though the play is presented at Manitoba for Young People, it tackles adult issues. Yet, the kinetic dynamic is so visually entertaining that it’s safe to say that any age would enjoy this show. The group of five actors seemed like a cast of twenty as they flew on and off the stage in tremendous acrobatic feats and a flurry of costume changes. The actors are light on their feet and stay in character the entire time, making the music, the movement, and the story flow into one.
The pace of the show never slows down and the audience is taken on a journey through the young woman’s memories that led her to her lonely place on the park bench. When the play started, I found myself confused, but after getting a glimpse into a few of her memories, everything began to come together. I began to realize that she was once engaged, belonged to a family and had escaped a war-torn country.
I won’t give too much away because I think you should go. Go for the acrobatics, go for the beautiful story, and go for the reminder that no matter where you are or who you’ve left behind, the sky will always be the same.
Post by Meghan Zahari and photos by MTYP
Since she was little, Meghan has had a love for words and kept her nose firmly stuck in a book. Now, she’s a writer, a wife, and the owner of a pug and a puggle. She spends her days reviewing local ballet and theatre, writing all kinds of stories, running Concrete & Cloud, taking classes through University of Toronto, and doing projects and social media for a local chiropractor that promotes natural health.