The Incantatory Magic of the Symbolic Gesture
Video | 03:24 | 2020
Director: Carla Geronimi
Director of Photography: Jean Dakar
In “Le merveilleux et le théâtre du silence”, Marie-Françoise Christout states that “the ideal mime recreates the world through the incantatory magic of the symbolic gesture”. This work depicts a direct interpretation of the concept of imprisonment, in response to the current pandemic situation, through a mime performing in a never ending tunnel. Questioning claustrophobia in a broader sense, from our over-use of technology to the typical image of the mime stuck inside the box, repetition and sound distortion enhance feelings of oppression and uncanniness.
The mime is a symbol of expressing deeper emotions without the use of language, of imitating the everyday life with the unseen, of stimulating the viewer's imagination through a somewhat mysterious, mystical effect ; reminiscent of our childhood's games.