Discovering the Art of Conversation at the London Festival of Mime

Recently I was accused of not saying what I was thinking. I wanted to mime. Well the London Mime Festival gave me what mime should give – a healthy dose of communication via movement and emotion...
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Recently I was accused of not saying what I was thinking. I wanted to mime. Well the London Mime Festival gave me what mime should give – a healthy dose of communication via movement and emotion...

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Recently I was accused of not saying what I was thinking. I wanted to mime. I should have referred my critic to the London Mime Festival. I was hoping that Zimmerman and de Pierrot’s show at the Barbican would be as good as it looked. It definitely gave me what mime should give – a healthy dose of communication via movement and emotion, rather than cryptic dialogue.

The action on the stage went from movement artist to movement artist, tracing them as they tried to do something, whether it was grappling to try to use a desk that has only two legs, or struggling to stay on the roof of the spinning square house that was their main prop on stage.

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At one point a girl emerged from a box that looked far too small to fit into and a man lead a more energetic than usual yoga session. There was plenty of behaving like animals and plenty of great choreography.

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Personally I think that men and women behaving as apes is honest and breakout out into song is as natural as breaking out into words, (when was the last time you were walking home late at night and thought it was a good idea to break out into song?) Therefore, I thought the crazier moments were just as sensible as anything more generally expected on the stage. I’m not a contemporary theatre-aholic, I just love being honest about animalistic tendencies in modern society.

Some powerful use of emotive music combined well with fear for our characters as they hung from the house roof made for drama, and some decent clowning made for a good all round circus performance, not to mention the composer and disc jockey on stage who maintained a wacky motion of his own throughout the 80 minute performance.

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