Thursday, 03 October 2013 01:12

Theatre Review - Rumination @ ZJU North Hollywood

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“Rumination” Is an Amazing Piece of Performance Art with Music and Dance!”

Mark HeinCenLtoR Anna Laura Singleton Michelle Talley Peggy Flood  Tessa-Jade Richardson Tracey Collins. Btm LtoR C. L. Surniak K. Gault  D. Melody

Indian music, culture and philosophies can be argued as some of the most calming, artistic and beautifully stylized forms of art and expression that have been around for centuries. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood has a most ethereal experience of music, dance, culture and ‘readings’ called “Rumination” that will transport you through a wonderful experience.

Directed with such subtleties of style, grace and a lot of artistic passion, Amir Khalighi, takes the audience on a journey of calming light, organic music, whimsical dance and sprinkles it with spiritual readings of nature, life and personal expressions of living. Complete with authentic stylized costuming, flowing candles and some very ethereal choreography, “Rumination” is truly something to be seen. This is just performance art at its best.

I think the most interesting and clever introduction into this type of performance art was done here when Amir, as director, chose to use lighting queues that are switched on and off momentarily, which put all the performers in various poses, over and over. This happens for about three or four minutes or so and it was really visceral and exciting to watch as with each of the lights the ensemble would be representing a different pose each time. This was all done to the sound of a heartbeat and rhythmic breathing. Very nice.

The wonderful ensemble of performers includes; Mark Hein, the only male in this harem of beauties, Anna Laura Singleton, Michelle Talley, Peggy Flood, Tessa-Jade Richardson, Tracey Collins. Celina Lee Surniak, Katelyn Gault and Deneen Melody. Each performer is contributing to the prose they each offer to the audience and performs examples of serenity and peace within yourself and nature around you.

My understanding is that even under the direction of Amir, all these performers basically came up with their own individual routines and those of Tessa-Jade Richardson, Celina Lee Surniak and especially Deneen Melody were amazing to see move so fluidly. As was Tracey Collins and Peggy Flood who were filled with emotion and passion in their reading while Michelle Talley did a wonderful eccentric and ethereal read of her prose.

If you have never seen ‘performance art’ before, and the serenity of Indian music and dance, “Rumination” is definitely something you should see. Just under an hour, the time moves so swiftly, that the calming nature and rhythmic dance will surprise you at how quickly you will have enjoyed the experience, and before you know it, it’s over. (Too soon for me.) Check them out at

Pic 001 - Mark Hein,(CenLtoR) Anna Laura Singleton, Michelle Talley, Peggy Flood, Tessa-Jade Richardson, Tracey Collins. (Btm LtoR) C. L. Surniak, K. Gault, D. Melody

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Lorenzo Marchessi

Based in Southern California, not far from Downtown Hollywood - Lorenzo Marchessi. has always enjoyed movies, music and theatre first hand. Currently living in the San Fernando Valley Area called the ‘No Ho Arts District properly’ (Originally from Chicago!) – More than fond of Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Dramas, Animation, Independent Films and of course Comedies. I like the short film and the long film (as long as their good!) I saw my first film at the age of six - HELLO DOLLY and I saw LOGAN'S RUN ten times in the theatre! Having actually worked in the production of Film, TV, Radio and live Theatre I can always understand the work that goes into creating ANY Movie, Television Show, Theatre Production, DVD, CD's and even Live Concerts. I love to write and been doing it for decades - literally! I always appreciate any feedback or comments! P.S. My all-time favorite film is ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE along with THE LITTLE MERMAID and THE DESCENDANTS, my favorite TV series of all-time is STAR TREK as well as FRINGE and THE BIG BANG THEORY, my favorite performing artist of all-time is BARRY MANILOW, my favorite actor of all time MR. JACK LEMON and my favorite theatrical productions to date is WICKED and THE PRODUCERS. Contact: Lorenzo M. at !

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