The 21st Annual Wildside Festival, running from January 4–13, 2018 at the Centaur, is “the hottest two weeks in winter” in Montreal with its eclectic lineup of the best of brazen indie theatre. Once again the Hub is attending all of this year’s opening performances to provide you with a roundup of reviews and guide you in your selection of which shows to see. Stay tuned to our Reviews page for updates – new reviews published daily.
Also check out our preview article featuring interviews with playwrights from the fest here!
DAY 3 REVIEWS
(Shows opening on Saturday, January 6th, 2018)
The fifth and final show to open among this year’s potpourri of offerings at the Wildside is its largest, loudest, and liveliest: IDIOT, a rip-roaring rock homage to the “Godfather of Punk”, Iggy Pop. Featuring three musicians and four dancers, the second part of Montreal-based artist Helen Simard’s Iggy-inspired trilogy of works (the first, No Fun , premiered in 2015 and drew from his raw and explosive Stooges era) coalesces choreographed movement, sound, and light to capture the pronounced futuristic, industrial, and electronic ambiance of the legendary American vocalist’s 1977 debut solo album.
“Part dance, part rock concert, part hallucination”, the Centaur 2 denizen, with all free, forced, and damped vibrations, is perhaps best described as or distilled to a sensation (or, plural – an amalgam of). The droning guitar lends a trance-like energy to the spectacle, drawing absolute presence and synchronicity of breath. Deliberately unnerving, absurd, and nonsensical, Simard’s dreamlike concept and creation is a phenomenon of paradoxes: it’s a display of physical and metaphorical juxtaposition of light and darkness; it’s furiously chaotic and delivered with abandon and at once harmonious and composed; it’s piercing and all the while wholly engulfing.
IDIOT is a surefire Wildside pick for audiences partial to the intrepid, exploratory, and unconventional, and with so much simultaneously happening on stage at any given beat, it’s an experience to be seen and reseen.
Sunday, January 7th at 8 pm
Thursday, January 11th at 8 pm
Friday, January 12th at 8 pm
Saturday, January 13th at 8 pm
Running Time: 60 minutes
Content Warning: Loud music, earplugs provided at the door
Reserve tickets online at www.centaurtheatre.com
or call the Centaur Box Office at 514-288-3161
Single tickets: Regular $16 | Season subscribers/students/seniors/under 30: $13
4-Show Superpass: Regular $50 | Season subscribers/students/seniors/under 30: $40