bamboo & bone:
what critics have said
July 23, 1998
& Bone is an intelligent use of music and poetry to chronicle a woman's
journey into self-awareness. The journey has its geographical locations
- the Williamsburg Bridge, Rwanda and Auschwitz among them - but the
real coordinates of her wanderings are inside the psyche and not in
external space. Mallie Boman's language is poetic - her haiku 'Phosphorous
and moon' is exquisite. Allen Nyoshin Steir's playing of the vertical
bamboo flute is hypnotic. There's something about the way he turns the
human breath into music…the Japanese call it 'blowing meditation' and
the effect is transporting."
The Jenny Review, The Buzz… Wednesday,
July 22, 1998
is a beautiful show…Those into serious art must see this show. "
Winnipeg Free Press
Boman's performance is commanding, powerful and distinctive. Steir is
hypnotic to watch and the beautiful melodies are gloriously meditative…be
prepared to sit back, relax and really let the show flow over you."
Albany (New York) Center Galleries
performance pushed the limits of spoken word into the realm of performance
art as she and Allen dramatically took the audience on a journey through
the deepest parts of the human psyche."
members have been moved to write:
you…it was so provcative…I haven't used my mind like this in the theatre
in a long time."
just returned from the BAMBOO & BONE performance at LA MAMA Galleria.
Although, I had not wanted to go out in the bitter core of winter, I
felt fortunate to experience this intimate evening of talent and mastership.
These two passionate artists resonated the warm glow of inspiration,
certainly worth the chilly walk to the theatre.
images from performances of
Mona Lisa, Buddha and Me