February 2018

MIMOS UNI2:"HEALTHLY HUMOR TO FLOOD OF JOY OUR HEARTS"

By: Anne-Louise Michel
Projects Abroad Volunteer

This group seems to take some malicious delight to bring her public to laugh about social issues. They are made of mime (an art not so frequently performed), an intergenerational show which is perfect for all ages.

To give an overview of their subtle humor, their last show was called "Mimos terapia de humor". In this show, they focus on the lack of communication between persons. Mimos Uni2 have depict that we become more and more interconnected with our computer and cellphone to the point that sometime we simply forget to talk in face to face. Actually, they come back with a new show and a new topic. This time the troupe Mimos Uni2 presenting: Son RISAS en tiempo de sequía. "As street artist, in our show we tried to transport our vision of the society, and we want to keep this street artist mind when we perform on theater stage. We used for that, imagination, humor and music. That is where the format of the spectacle "musical mime" comes from."

Gustavo Medinaceli Oré, the director de Mimos Uni2 and also Mime Gus, answers to some questions, to learn more about him and Mimos Uni2.

- How the group has been formed?

"The story of the group is a little bit complicated. It was created in 1989 but two years later, in 1991 the troupe split up because everybody begun to work in different professional project. Finally, MimosUni2 reunite in 2013. Of the former group, the presenter and I are the only ones who have known the two groups. Actually MimosUni2 is composed by 10 members. "

"People don't go easily to see show in a theater like they can go in the cinema."

- How much time you need to prepare a new show?

"Generally, we need approximately 3 or 4 months to prepare a new show. After, we play it during 1 year. It is not our professional activity. For example, me, I am also drama teacher. In this milieu, there are some mimes that do this as a professional activity but they have each time difficulty to make a living from their work. I think personally that it is too complicated and too risky because that steels a close milieu that needs to find a largest audience. From my point of view, I explain that by the fact that in Bolivia, there is not theatre culture. People don't go easily to see show in a theater like they can go in the cinema. There are steel a border in the brain of people, a psychological border who said "theater is not for you". I tried to teach to my students that this border is purely psychological; we need to erase this cliché."

"Humor is way to ponder more than to educate."

- I get the feeling that the mime isn't an art which are practiced a lot: What made to think of becoming a mime?

"The desire to become mime came to me when I was approximately 10 years old. I watched a mime show and I found that totally incredible. Since this moment, I have beginning to practice again and again. By chance, in my school there was a program of mime which has taught me a lot. I can define myself as an autodidact. I have also of course references and person who inspires me. Among others, I like the work of the Mime Marceau, Charlie Chaplin, the Mime Pradel, and Leopoldo Calla with whom I worked. "

- Could you explain the difference between traditional mimes and modern mime, like MimosUni2?

"MimosUni2 is a group of modern mimes. The biggest difference between traditional mime and modern mime is simple. A traditional mime doesn't speak at all. Us, we use presenter to introduce each part of the show, and also a singer. Even if we use this kind of think, we steel are mimes because the most important is the body language: facial expression, posture and gesture. To be more specific, the show lasts 2 hours, and it is divided in 2 parts. The performance combines mimes, songs and dances: an unusual proposition."

- "Body language is an international language!"

- Humor is a way to send a message or educate persons who come to your show?

"The goal of our show is not to educate because educate is a big word. However, trough humor we can send a message, every kind of message. It is a way to ponder more than to educate. If the message that we send is understood by only one person in the audience, then we have accomplished our bet."

- What are your future project and how you see the future?

"If everything is possible, I will like to perform in all the department of Bolivia. After, in all the countries of America Latina, and why not in Europe also. My ultimate dream is to open a school of mime. Even if there are schools of theatre who teach mime, it is just an option. From my point of view, it is better to learn body language before to learn how speaking in front of an audience. It is simple if you are comfortable in your body you will be comfortable to speak. Moreover, body language is an international language!"

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