Addled Muse Fire Theater put on their original show called “Purgatoire” on Saturday, Nov. 11, restaging it for another year due to last year's success. Through dance, music and fire, a French baroque-styled love story set in Purgatory was told.
“We created a theatrical story that is completely original, and then we integrated fire arts, fire breathing and circus arts within the story — it was kind of a melting pot of all those elements,” said Alexandra Simpson, a co-founder and visionary director of the production. "'Purgatoire' is mainly a story about two lovers who end up falling in Purgatory. They end up interacting with archetypal characters that end up representing the seven deadly sins. It’s their journey through Purgatory."
"Purgatoire" is not your typical play setting — it's more like a circus performance, one made up of fire and acrobatics.
“There is actually no dialogue in 'Purgatoire,'" said Erica Wagner, co-founder and aesthetics coordinator. "If I was to compare it to anything, I would compare it to a fire ballet. We really utilized movement to tell the story. And the music, which our musical composer, Adam Klesitz, created all by himself for the sole purpose of this play.”
In this year's production, elements were heightened, and even more tricks were added.