Verdensteatret's And All the Question Marks Started to Sing at DTW, plus Donald Byrd and Pam Tanowitz choreography to John Zorn at Guggenheim Works & Processhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/verdensteatret%E2%80%94theater-inside-out-plus-zorn/1087/
Like Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, the choreography is an result of creating the music. The patterns made by the performers are designed by function, with the addition of a little bit of dramatic flair. The sound takes on endless manifestation, from murmuring shushes to thunderous peals. The visuals range from the Monty Python-esque—a variety of tiny light bulbs that when magnified resemble quirky antennaed characters, to videos of blimps and birds. The main visual attraction are the mechanics of the set itself; several stands of wires, lenses, small iron “steering” wheels, floral-rimmed bicycle wheels, and mics comprise the bulk of it, plus some gramophone-style rotating speakers. It may rely on technology for its full spectrum of effects and mighty sounds, but it seems to share a heart with simple carnival handshadow puppetry.