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The Washing & The Carpenter

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Using his trim, muscular frame and controlled movements worthy of a tai chi master, Guiseppe Condello presents two famous mime routines, created in France by Etienne Decroux in 1931.

The first shows a man washing and hanging clothes, and the second shows a carpenter shaping pieces of wood.

Mundane tasks you would think, but going by the expression of extreme concentration on Condello’s face, they’ve somehow been transformed into an intense experience.

The routines are short and are interspersed with film clips of Decroux in action, and audio excerpts of an interview where he likens mime to “creating movement in our seated world.”

These seem like filler until the question-and answer session afterward, when we learn that Condello — astoundingly fit at age 66 — studied with the man himself.

Definitely not to everyone’s taste, but for those interested in stage movement or the background of mime beyond the silly stereotypes — a rare opportunity.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Giuseppe Condello, Artistic Director

Cast: Giuseppe Condello

Etienne Decroux said, "I am what you could call a spiritual-materialist. That is to say the spiritual influences me when it gives form to the material." Echoing his artistry and philosophy, acclaimed Corporeal Mime artist Giuseppe Condello will present reflective adaptations of Etienne Decroux's 1931 masterpieces The Washing and The Carpenter.

"Today, there are only a handful of artists left who are qualified to teach and perform Corporeal Mime, Giuseppe Condello is one of them." - Marcel Marceau.

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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