James Henry, KCMetropolis.org
The Owen/Cox Dance Group in collaboration with Helen Gillet, Mark Southerland, and Peregrine Honig, took a nearly-full Spencer Theater on an imaginative, introspective journey in building “Memory Palace.”
The Helen F. Spencer Theatre filled steadily Saturday night to hold a near-capacity audience for the world premiere of Memory Palace, an enigmatic production constructed by some of Kansas City’s most imaginative creators: Owen/Cox Dance Group, Mark Southerland, and Peregrine Honig, with guest cellist, Helen Gillet. With so many creative forces working in tandem, it might have been easy for such a work to become a disjointed experience, forcing focus on one or another compartmentalized aspect of the performance. Instead, Memory Palace was wave after wave of sensory stimulation, each aspect intertwined beautifully to create an intimate, subtle, subjective experience for viewers.