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SHRIMPS (article first published : 2007-01-19)

What can one say about Shrimps which has just appeared on the Musho! Festival?

It is indeed a very different, unique show. To quote the publicity, this is "a post-apocalyptic love story set in a desolate landscape, where two people create their own reality through love and humour."

It is, as the publicity continues, "physical theatre at its most innovative". Physical it most certainly is, the two protagonists, Dorit Weintal and Simon Rowe, of the DAM Company, Holland, work hard.

Dorit Weintal, an Israeli, is extremely agile and both move in complete synchronism, especially in time to the background music, when necessary. The action takes place on a bare set, scenery wise, there are only the bare back and side walls of the theatre, and on a very, very cluttered stage, many of the props being used during the performance. What they mean beats me, as does much of the movement, action and dialogue. The symbolism, if any, beats me.

Their performances are brilliant, as is to be expected as they presented a master class during the festival. This was a hands-on Physical Theatre Workshop focusing on integrating energetic and physical creative processes, and the kinesthetic understanding of the body-in-motion, visualisation and character.

However, I couldn't avoid having the feeling that their talents could be used to better effect in something else. There were two performances of Shrimps produced by the DAM Company, Holland, sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Embassy who are duly thanked.

More information on the Musho! Festival at www.mushofestival.co.za Maurice Kort




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