This show is a reviewer’s nightmare. Much of its impact relies on not knowing what’s going to happen – and so, if I explained too much about why I think it’s worth seeing, I’d spoil a good chunk of the fun. But if you’ve spotted the rocket-like tent at the Fringe’s Hub Noord, and perhaps wondered just what might transpire inside, then here’s what I feel it’s safe to tell you.
First of all, that odd title. I’ve no idea about “feel your vein”, but the “emotion plane” is a literal plane – a flat surface – onto which theatre collective ANA/KATA project a video. It’s a very simple set-up, yet I doubt you’ve ever watched a video in quite this way before, and the environment they’ve created helps bond their audience – uniting the group in a shared sense of surprise and play.
As though to reinforce that unity, you’re effectively stripped of your own identity before you pass through the door. It’s a process which has sinister undertones but, in the end, proves thoroughly benign. Once inside the tent, the group I was part of gradually and collectively worked out what we were meant to do, then settled down in a newly contemplative mood to watch the animated film.
The video itself is predictably offbeat, and it’s very much up to you what you choose to make of it. A child is conceived and arrives in the world, to be confronted by the confusing maelstrom of life in a busy city. There’s no life-changing insight here, but there’s plenty to recognise among the abstract images – and the mellowness of the atmosphere encourages you to ponder the messages of this fairly inscrutable work.
For me though, the experience was disappointingly brief. The entire show is billed at a mere 20 minutes, and the main event – the video – occupies just a fraction of even that short time. Having created such an unusual and contemplative atmosphere, it seems a shame to do so little with it; I wanted to linger, to learn more, to chat.
So this is the germ of an idea more than it’s a proper show, but it’s still a precious moment of togetherness among the hustle-bustle of the Fringe. It’s worth twenty minutes of your time – but as for whether it’s worth seven euros of your money, that’s something only you can decide.