|Event||A La Carte||
|Venue||Downstairs Theatre, Chippendale, NSW|
|First Date||1 October 1981|
|Opening Date||1 October 1981|
|Last Date||17 October 1981|
|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.
|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.|