Loaded is a raucously funny, heart-stirring, and intellectually provocative synthesis of movement and narrative, combining ropes, pulleys, baby-slings, and texts ranging from the myth of Sisyphus to quantum physics. It examines the nature of weight and gravity and load-bearing powers, driving each actor to reveal the stories which give them their innermost sense of lightness or of heft, from a Chinese orphan’s birth-narrative to the death of a school-friend. We all carry each other, and we each are carried: Rushe’s dance-theatre makes us feel the uncanny thrill of shared burdens.
Fernanda Eberstadt is a novelist and author of Rat, Little Money Street and The Furies. As a journalist she has written for the New Yorker, The New York Times and more.