I found myself quite often checking out. But it’s possible that Carreras’ intent was to show us exactly what it was that turned me off.That’s a wild stab.
Perhaps the choreographer wished to scrub the work mostly clean of her personal memories to make room for us to attach ourselves to the unfolding story. But The Big Balloon’s pervading secrecy and enigmatic creatures keep us uncomfortably in the dark.
Carreras’s work investigated racial and cultural identity and included a booklet of poems (translated into Farsi and Spanish), plus a tightly-executed gallery installation . ...described as a deconstruction of home. A particularly affecting video projection on the floor right outside the theater door was formatted like a rectangular welcome mat, forcing audience members to choose whether they walked over Carreras’s face in the video, or stepped around it.