THE WIRE * February 99 * Rhama Khazam

Review Steim Touch Festival - The Netherlands : Amsterdam Frascati Theatre

.Up on stage, Laetitia Sonami is performing on a strange, glove-like instrument fitted with sensors. With slight hand movements she triggers sampled sounds of motors and processes them live, magically transforming their whirrs and grunts into stark, desolate soundscapes, over which she intones a raw, incisive text by writer Melody Sumner Carnahan. It is a startling and surreal drama that calls for a savvy combination of programming, theatrical and musical skills.