Watch – Let your body talk

2011-07-07 08:14

This is a clever and entertaining show but if you saw Belgian Gaëtan Schmid’s brilliant Rump Steak you may be just a tiny bit disappointed.

Rump Steak, a one-man comedy show like this one, was such a hit that audiences demanded he bring it back not once, but twice, to Grahamstown.

So much so that Festival-goers with a funny bone were licking their lips in anticipation of his new Body Language.

“Underneath its irreverent and comical narrative, Body Language’s social message is of the ever increasing importance of human interaction and communication,” says Schmid of the new work.

“Our entire societal system is based on communication. If we can improve the quality of our communication we will improve the quality of our society.”

He plays a lecturer exploring the history, biology and sociology of how our bodies communicate, without us even realising it, and perhaps this gives a clue to the disappointment.

Gaëtan is a brainy guy, but many in the audience expected less cerebral fun and more belly laughs at an Arena comedy show.

However, even if you are a cultural illiterate you can read the alphabet in Body Language and there are a lot of “aha!” moments which are extremely funny.

Schmid is just so expressive. As he says, even if you don’t want it to, your body talks and talks and talks ... and it won’t ever shut up.

– CueOnline

>>For more National Arts Festival news, go to CueOnline

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