From October 27th to 29th, the TBA21-Academy in collaboration with Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin presented “Fishing for Islands”, a weekend of oceanic performances, installations and panels at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. The exhibition was curated by Stefanie Hessler and Markus Reymann and opened with the experimental circus “Fishes should not be taken from the deep! Films, Mime, and Misticismo”, organised by Chus Martinez.
A video installation with beautiful underwater visuals, conceived by artist Tiphanie Mall, served as stunning backdrop for an improvised 90-minute physical theatre performance by my dear mime colleague Merlin Pohse and me. We were joined by the voice of musician and performer Shabnam Virmani singing the songs of Kabir, one of the most interesting personalities in the history of Indian mysticism.
“It was beyond incredible” – Chus Martinez, Organiser
“A fantastic contribution in mime form” – Stefanie Hessler, Curator
Completely covered in black and illuminated by only two small spotlights, we drew the audience’s attention to silhouettes, rhythms and to our unique props: mechanical hands, mirror disks and mirror masks created by artist Eduardo Navarro. Here is a video snippet of the performance:
Many thanks to the organisers and to all artists involved in this unique project. It was an evening that will remain in our memory for a long time. But I’m already hungry for more. If you have an artistically challenging inquiry suited for a skilled mime artist, just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about your project. Silent Rocco and the magic of modern mime, at your service.
Website of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)
Photos and video by Kalena Leo