Look – it’s a giant slinky!
So (as promised yesterday) – the Baxter last night!
I won two tickets to the Mummenschanz performance at the Baxter last night. Their a Swiss group currently touring SA and their performance is… well.. incredibly difficult to put into words!
My boss is Swiss and saw them perform years ago; according to her they’re generally known as illusionists. The descriptions I’ve heard of their Cape Town performance have been more labeled as “experimental physical theatre”.
I loved it! It was completely different from anything I’d seen before. I don’t think anyone could walk out of there and not wonder at how they worked the technical side of things. At one stage I looked at their brightly coloured ‘costumes’ (sometimes it’s costumes; sometimes it’s more constructs than costumes – think giant slinkys) and thought “it looks like an over-sized playground”. This made me happy…
They don’t really make use of sound or dialogue (in fact, I think the first half of the performance was entirely silent), but the reactions of the audience around you is almost enough sound effect. They managed to make the audience part of the performance.
Look, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I found the audience really enjoyed the humour in the simple little reactions that are depicted very effectively. Worth the watch if you can get your hands on a ticket! (Tickets range from R149 – R219, bookings through Computicket or the Baxter directly.) Apparently these guys have been at it since 1972 – I’d say they’re pretty good at what they’re doing.
The show runs at the Baxter until 19th March – after that they’ll also be touring to PE, Durban and Jo’burg.