Physical Festival Chicago
About The Gift
A clown waits for his new date to arrive. Smart, proud and optimistic he waits longingly, impatiently ... waits ... and waits. In what seems an eternity he walks a tightrope between passion and despair. Will it all end in tears or laughter? A heart-warming tale in the great tradition of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin in which music and silence merge as passion and imagination take over. "The Gift" will touch and delight audiences of all ages. In an era of so-called sophistication and cool, we need more than ever the simple, universal message of love, hope and truth captured in "The Gift."
"The Gift" began as a thirty minute show in 1990, subsequently receiving a special grant from the Arts Council of Great Britain to develop into a full length show and premiering at the London International Mime Festival. "The Gift" has been seen all over the UK and is now touring worldwide. Reworked with new material, this updated production is performed and directed by Angela de Castro, accompanied by a special guest classical musician, with choreography by clown and commedia dell'arte expert Barry Grantham. The new version of the show has toured in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Brazil and Belgium so far.
This production is part of the 2019 Physical Theater Festival.