He Who Falls

Theatre, Experimental
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He Who Falls

Circus and dance artist Yoann Bourgeois creates a show which challenges its six performers to defy gravity, to a soundtrack of pop and opera favourites. Part of the London International Mime Festival 2016.

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I have to admit I thought there would be more dance (and music), so that might be part of why I was a little disappointed. But even considering that, it is a show with unfulfilled promise, as great performers, absolute amazing stage set and the simple but effective costume design were constrained by silly attempted narrative(s). And, although people seemed to enjoy it, I found the ‘funny bits’ quite unnecessary. 

Central to the performance is the moving platform the performers interact with/on; and the completely clear stage give it all the attention it deserves. It’s almost worth going just because of that... but so much more could have been accomplished with it/there! They seem to be trying too hard but, unfortunately, achieving way less than they could. It just made me curious about what could have been!