Imagine a Buster Keaton film directed by David Lynch and you get a sense of the surreal wonders awaiting you in Lebensraum (Habitat)
, the sensational live show from Europe. The curtain parts and you're presented with two men, faces white as snow, hair slicked back, living in a room rigged up like a real-life Rube Goldberg cartoon. That's all the setup needed for this "live action silent movie" to slip into slapstick mayhem. That, and the "mechanical" doll the two men construct for cleaning duties ... but who quickly gets a mind of her own. Dutch indie heroes Alamo Race Track provide a quirky and haunting soundtrack to the stylized chaos of creator Jakop Ahlbom's latest piece. Take in this "beautifully precise work" (The Guardian
) when it arrives at The Paramount Center.
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