Event A La Carte
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Venue Downstairs Theatre, Chippendale, NSW
First Date 1 October 1981
Opening Date 1 October 1981
Last Date 17 October 1981
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere Yes
Description Mime is an unfamiliar theatre form, corporeal-mime even more so. Most of what constitutes the popular image of mime plays either a very secondary role or none at all in the art of corporeal-mime. You will not see the expected single, melancholy, white-faced character climbing imaginary ladders and creating, in silence, an illusionary environment. Instead you will see a variety of dramatic pieces, involving up to nine actors at a time, their make-up varying from the naturalistic to the masks of the commedia dell-arte; sometimes silent, sometimes speaking; sometimes creating the illusions of imaginary things, but often too using real props.

We regard corporeal-mime primarily as the art of dramatic movement. This distinguishes it from literary theatrical forms but does not exclude the use of speech on an ancillary role. We call ourselves mime-actors because we act through movement. We move with a greater degree of rootedness than dancers and our muscular play (not the music) creates the rhythm: for us the role of music is to support rather than to lead.

A La Carte is our second full length show. The company was founded two years ago and presented its first major show at St. John’s Hall, Paddington last spring, with a repeat season at the Seymour Downstairs in January this year. That show, The Shape of Time, was wholly performed by the two artistic directors. This year we are accompanied by 7 other performers, five of whom have trained full-time in our studio, the other two having had professional experience as commedia artists before working at the Studio.
Description Source Brochure
Primary Genre Other
Secondary Genre Ensemble
Movement-based Theatre
Commedia dell'Arte
Corporeal Theatre
Name Function Notes
Christopher Allen Administrator
Elisabeth Burke Artistic Director
Pierre Thibaudeau Artistic Director
Peter Kerin Composer
Gary Luke Lighting Designer
Walter Cavill Lighting Operator
Leanne Bundy Performer
Elisabeth Burke Performer
Christian Manon Performer
Helen Mercier Performer
Renald Navarro Performer
Cathrine Price Performer
Peter Scudds Performer
Mary Shanahan Performer
Pierre Thibaudeau Performer
Catherine De Lorenzo Photographer
Diane Dowe Properties Master / Mistress
Paul Galloway Sound Operator/Engineer
Peter Kerin Sound Operator/Engineer
Steven Williams Sound Operator/Engineer
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information Elisabeth Burke and Pierre Thibaudeau were joined by French Commedia Artists Christian Manon and Renald Navarro plus senior students fromthe Corporeal-Mime Studio.
Data Source
Source Description
Review To be advised. Almost certainly Jill Sykes wrote one, but at time of inputting to this database, I am at home and do not have access to other files at Sydney University.
Entr'acte Archives ETL 21, Video Videos digitally archived at Sydney University:USPs_011, _20-21, _30-34, _49,_075
CV EB&PT long CV-unedited 1979-1991, p.2, Entr’acte Archives
Entr'acte Archives ETL02 Slides ETL06: Photos ETL08: Photos, negs, proof sheets EP05: photos, reviews.
Brochure Entr'acte archives
Entr'acte Archives ETL10, folders of programs, publicity and reviews ETL23 reel-to-reel sound tapes P.Kerin + Gershwin/Mozart
Event Identifier 134542