There’s not much to say about Into The Dark. Not because it’s a bad performance, but rather because it’s a great one—and not having much to say is likely a good thing, because it’s in the show’s inherent simplicity that Into The Dark‘s greatness is found.
The concept is this: you’re blindfolded and led through to a yoga studio, where you’re encouraged to lie down and listen to the Deep Blue Orchestra play live as they walk around the room for forty-five minutes. And honestly, that’s it. There isn’t much to say about this show other than that it’s amazing. It’s a gorgeously zen experience and even if I did find myself drifting to sleep from time to time I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, to be able to fall asleep to the gorgeous ‘Underwater Vienna’ and wake up to the stomping of feet and the swelling violins of the last track was incredible.
But beyond my sleepiness, I suppose this review is short because Into The Dark isn’t theatre. There aren’t any intentions or symbols to be analysed here—the show is clearly meant to be beautiful, and it excels at that. In fact, it’s the first performance I’ve seen yet that really justifies this year’s removal of ‘Theatre’ from the Anywhere Festival name. And what a good justification this show serves to be. Deep Blue have crafted here a special auditory experience, a journey in and of itself that fits perfectly within the festival, in all its warm and ambient glory.