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The darkness persists as the show begins and throughout the performance.An array of speakers around the room guide the audience for the next hour or so, as Petra Serhal's surreal storytelling escorts you on a journey that at once meanders through Beirut neighborhoods and leads you into different precincts of your body.Serhal independently created "Toyota89" to explore "how language affects our imagination and our awareness of our bodies," specifically within the context of Beirut. It's important that her audience members come to the performance fresh, which is why this review contains so few plot details about where you go after stepping into the artist's Toyota.The feminine body in particular is a key component of Serhal's performance. It's conjured up in the audience's imagination via both the performer's narrative and the accompanying sound design, in which feminine voices replace those that would usually be male.Although Serhal's previous performances have encouraged audiences to find awareness in their bodies, the use of absolute darkness in "Toyota89" is a first, as is the level of imagination required of the audience.
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