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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Jan 16, 2001 1:02 am ]
Post subject:  London Mime Festival 2000

Image <P>blackSKYwhite in 'Bertrand's Toys'<P><BR>'Mime Festival - What a scream looks like: The London International Mime Festival is back, with a chilling start for Donald Hutera.'<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>To the people who organise the London International Mime Festival, mime is anything but white-faced imps flat-palming invisible walls. That antique brand of cute has been superseded by something far more adult and, at times, even menacing. Soltan and Ivashnev embody a gallery of wickedly cheerful dolls, leering jack-in-the-boxes and malevolent marionettes let out of some infernal toybox. Stocky and shaven-headed, Ivashnev exhibits the vicious joy of tykes who tear the wings off flies and grow up to be serial killers. <P>He is more than adequate, but Soltan is extraordinary, with a physical control that seems inhuman. She starts out as a kohl-eyed, Joker-grinned stringbean of a clown whose rubbery limbs have minds of their own. Alternative guises include a victim of some cruel, alien invasion, with phallic outgrowths thrusting out from various parts of her body.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P><A HREF=",,62-68334,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more</B></A><P><BR>Here is the Festival website link. The company details only seem to work in Explorer, not Navigator:<BR> <BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P> <BR> Image <P>Derevo in 'The Rider'<P><BR>'Anton Adassinski Absolute clowns Derevo has been likened to a cult because its performers explore the limits of their art with almost monastic intensity.' Ismene Brown talks to Anton Adassinski, founder of the Russian clown company. <P><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B>Darevo preview</B></A><P> <BR> Image <P>La Ribot in 'Still Distinguished' <P><BR>'La Ribot - How to stay distinguished when you're dancing in the nude. Performance artist La Ribot specialises in 'delicious disgust'. Don't be nervous, says Judith Palmer.'<P>Doesn't seem like my sort of thing. But I might go in the cause of keeping abreast of new developments. Contrary to what it says in the article, I think I have seen her performing with her clothes on - I think I would have remembered otherwise. <P><BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank><B> La Ribot preview</B></A> <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited January 16, 2001).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Thu Jan 18, 2001 12:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: London Mime Festival 2000

'If you close your eyes you can have a nice time at the mime festival.' Well one of the works anyway. It's fair to say that Spencer is not impressed by te first two offerrings in the London Mime Festival.<BR> <BR><A HREF="" TARGET=_blank>Charles Spencer's diatribe</A> <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited January 18, 2001).]

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Jan 21, 2001 1:33 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: London Mime Festival 2000

Jann Parry reviews performance artist La Ribot in the London Mime Festival and likes what she sees. For those wondering, la Ribot is a natural redhead.<P>Also reviewed is the RB 'Fille Mal Gardee'.<P><BR> <A HREF=",4273,4120518,00.html" TARGET=_blank>,4273,4120518,00.html</A>

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Jan 22, 2001 8:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: London Mime Festival 2000

'Clowns fest Mime Festival: Derevo' reviewed by Donald Hutera: <P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>For costumes and props, the cast uses and discards whatever’s at hand. The stage becomes as littered with scraps of leftovers as the show is with literal or metaphorical references to sex and death. Yet, marked by delicacy and detail, this skewed, mythic evocation of travelling players also achieves a considerable depth of feeling. In its embrace of Russian melancholy and Dionysian ecstasy, Derevo stumbles upon a genuine magic.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P> <A HREF=",,62-71405,00.html" TARGET=_blank>,,62-71405,00.html</A>

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