By Anastasija Svarevska
‘OVERRIPE’, a show staged by an artist Alice Wheaton and performed by a group of her friends, is a collective creation that kept me highly entertained yet also deeply touched for a whole hour. As the artist herself admits, she doesn’t know what the show is about. Several short performances within the performance, written separately by each actor/artist in the group and then put together, it doesn’t really touch upon one specific idea: a mixture of poetry, dance, and music, a beautiful combination of movement of a human body and sound of a human voice, engaging, alive, funny, brave, real, it is indeed based on moving home, a topic so relatable to most of us. Having lived in four different countries myself, I was particularly affected by the following verse: “I worry who I am without people who love me—if I must exist I must move”. I could never describe that feeling that I can easily identify with better—people you care about being spread all over the world, and the world itself being like a game of twister. However, it is not only that. It is also all things that matter whenever and wherever we move: equality, relationships, body image, human rights, environment, self-love. Things that we think about, things that we talk about, things that make us human. And that is, I would say, what the show does. It makes you feel human, it reminds you of what you are, and it leaves you pondering life and smiling at the same time.