The Night Dances paired Sylvia Plath’s poetry with live cello music as part of Toronto’s Luminato Festival
Charlotte Rampling’s staged recitation of Sylvia Plath’s poetry in The Night Dances, a part of the Luminato Festival’s 7 Monologues program, is a kind of performance that I don’t often see anymore. With her arresting stage presence and iconic husky voice, Rampling’s delivery seemed to have come straight out of classic Hollywood or an old British concert hall. Perfectly complimented by director/cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton’s vibrant interpretations of select Benjamin Britten movements from Suites No. 2 and 3 for solo cello, The Night Dances – while not flawless – still had me mostly riveted.