People Show 100's point of departure is the death of the jazz musician Chet Baker, who fell from the window of an Amsterdam hotel in 1988. The show explores the seconds before he hit the ground, usingthe notion of his life flashing before him to present us with a collage of images to suggest the texture of his life. There is no biographical detail, nothing strictly naturalistic; instead, using a couple of scaffolding towers, a screen and a piano, the performers conjure up the feel of a life spent on theroad, driven by music. Josette Bushell-Mingo, who represents Chet Baker, has a powerful presence, the rich smoothness of her singing contrasting starkly with the feverish activity on stage. I won't forget the final, startling image of Bushell-Mingo sinking behind a glass wall, singing in little gasps, as another performer outlined her falling image in lipstick. One hundred, not out.
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