Dynamo Theatre at Edison May 5

ovations for young people presents Mur-Mur (The Wall)

Montreal’s Dynamo Theatre returns to Edison May 5 with Mur Mur (The Wall). Photo © Robert Etcheverry. Hi-res version available upon request.

Covered in both graffiti and secrets, a simple brick wall alternates between playground and refuge from the world.

On Saturday, May 5, Montreal’s Dynamo Theatre will return to St. Louis with Mur-Mur (The Wall), an acrobatic exploration of friendship and young love, as part of Edison’s ovations for young people series.

Tickets to the performance, which begins at 11 a.m., are $12 and are available at the Edison Box Office and through all MetroTix outlets. Edison Theatre is located in the Mallinckrodt Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.

For more information, call (314) 935-6543 or email edison@wustl.edu.

Dynamo Theatre was founded in 1981 by a group Montreal artists whose varying backgrounds ranged from gymnastics to mime to juggling. The group’s vision was to create a dynamic theatrical experience that combined all of these movements with the depth of drama — a style they now call the “Theatre of Acrobatic Movement.”

Mur-Mur (The Wall), their latest show, centers on the friendships between two teenage couples and a pesky and incorrigible younger brother. With exuberant humor and acrobatic virtuosity, these five characters tell of quarrels, shared schemes and stolen kisses, capturing the moving and sweetly poignant world of young love and discovery.

“(Dynamo Theatre) tells stories using bodies and few words,” says Le Soleil. “Evocation and suggestion are key to its art while poetry and images give it wings … Their muscles are eloquent and their precise movements and actions bring up striking images.”

“This brand of acrobatic theater is still theater, with plots, themes, and characters,” adds the New Times of Palm Beach. Dynamo “simply drives its narratives with back flips and cartwheels more than with dialogue.”

Edison Ovations Series

Founded in 1973, the Edison Ovations Series serves both Washington University and the St. Louis community by providing the highest caliber national and international artists in music, dance and theater, performing new works as well as innovative interpretations of classical material not otherwise seen in St. Louis.

Edison programs are made possible with support from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; the Regional Arts Commission, St. Louis; and private contributors. The Ovations season is supported by The Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.