Dating back to Ancient Greece, this method in which performers tell a story entirely through their actions is now a humorous art form that can be seen in motion pictures, on stage and in the streets. Modern mime performances, highly physical affairs, have entertained us for generations.
Now, for the very first time, six mime programs straight from the world’s largest arts festival – the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – will be staged in the No. 13 Theater during its International Mime Season.
From November 3 to December 3, each of these six programs will be held multiple times. For more information, see below:
November 3-5: Ada/Ava
Produced by Chicago troupe Manual Cinema, Ada/Ava tells the moving story of an elderly lady’s life after her twin sister passes away. New York Times described it as "conjuring phantasms to die for in an unclassifiable story of spectral beauty…” The work combines puppetry, lighting technology and multiple screens to create a precise work of visual storytelling.
Nov 3, 7.45pm; Nov 4, 3pm/7.45pm; Nov 5, 3pm; RMB196 early bird. Tickets.
November 9-11: The Pianist
This Finnish production is a one-man show centered around a piano, with the musician too focused on impressing the audience with his skill to realize his true performance is the comedic catastrophe unfolding on stage.
Nov 9, 7.45pm; Nov 10, 7.45pm; Nov 11, 3pm/7.45pm; RMB196 early bird. Tickets.
November 17-19: Light
Light, created by the UK’s multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum, is a tale of love, betrayal and technological power inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations. It presents an Orwellian future where a totalitarian regime monitors its citizens’ thoughts through implants. Using a blend of anime-style storytelling matched with a pulsating soundscape, the audience enters a sci-fi world.
Nov 17, 7.45pm; Nov 18, 7.45pm; Nov 19, 3pm; RMB196 early bird. Tickets.
November 21-23: Translunar Paradise
Another production by famous British mime theater Ad Infinitum, Translunar Paradise takes you on a journey of life, death and enduring love. It’s a story of a man escaping reality after his wife’s death. It was a highly acclaimed sellout show during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2011.
Nov 21, 7.45pm; Nov 22, 7.45pm; Nov 23, 7.45pm; RMB196 early bird. Tickets.
November 24-26: Finding Joy
A feisty lover of dance, Joy, 83, is losing her memory, while her grandson Danny is a rebellious troublemaker. Together, they share playfulness in the face of challenges. Approaching the issue of dementia with humor, this UK production has received rave reviews by both press and public.
Nov 24, 7.45pm; Nov 25, 3pm/7.45pm; Nov 26, 3pm; RMB196 early bird. Tickets.
November 30-December 3: Lebensraum
Two roommates sharing a single-room apartment make good use of space: the bed is a piano, while the fridge can be used as a bookshelf. To keep the space clean, they create a mechanical maid, with one man making regular romantic advances – until the maid becomes self-aware, shaking up the formerly peaceful space.
Nov 30, 7.45pm; Dec 1, 7.45pm; Dec 2, 7.45pm; Dec 3, 3pm; RMB196 early bird. Tickets.
See listing for No. 13 Theater.