"Stunning" is the word most frequently used by audience members at the conclusion of a performance of Tyrehl Byk's show Catharsis yesterday on LEA6. But that isn't adequate.
The dictionary tells me synonyms would include beauteous, brilliant, dazzling, devestating, excellent, famous, fine first-class, first-rate, gorgeous, great, heavenly, impressive, lovely, out of this world, pretty, ravishing , remarkable, royal, sensational, smashing, spectacular, striking, superior and wonderful. We're getting closer but this post isn't long enough to do it justice.
I'd tell you some of the other comments but you wouldn't believe me. It would all sound like hyperbole unless you had been there yourself.
You start at a landing spot in a high flying group of caves, wander a bit til you find the Event Horizon portal and then enter the theatre. Sit yourself down, remove all of your huds and scripted objects (this is important!) then hit escape 6 or 7 times and let the chair control your camera. One of the unique aspects of this show is that all of you in the audience (with some discrepancies for connections) are seeing the same thing at the same time. The experience is truly shared.
I should try and explain "what" this is and the closest I can come is a particle show. But it's not like any particles I've ever seen. I know he's done something along these lines before and I'm kicking myself that I didn't see it.
You must go see this performance. Tyrehl will take you on a journey that affects you emotionally as well as visually and the music not only adds to the trip but injects some humour at stages where it is most appreciated.
I took my "son" to the show yesterday because he's been in a funk. I wasn't really sure how he'd react but he was as thrilled as everybody else, from the most jaded to the most ingenuous, and I am confident you will be as well.
As somebody who likes to take photographs this was a little frustrating. I couldn't move my camera and couldn't adjust any settings - so these images have nothing of "me" in them. This is more than satisfactory on this occasion because the images you will see are spectacular. My "screen captures" don't however give you the sense of movement and creation that is inherent in this show.
Set your view distance to 250, move the particle slider as high as it will go, remove everything scripted, set your sun to midnight, make sure your room is dark and just give yourself over to Tyrehl for the duration. You'll be glad you did. The schedule is always being updated so find a time that works for you and please, please go see Catharsis!