Circus

Theater

KAPUT

By Tom Flanagan

Australia

  • None
  • 60 minutes
  • +3 años

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Australian acrobat Tom Flanagan stars in this acclaimed show with no words, pirouetting his way through a world of physical theater in a tribute to silent films.


In Kaput, Australian artist Tom Flanagan is an unfortunate silent movie projectionist. A great fan of romances, his uncomplicated goal of showing a film on a screen is frustrated by a glitch in his temperamental projector. To sort it out, he has to overcome dozens of obstacles, leaving the audience in stitches . All of this is done without using a single word, in a show that incorporates elements of circus and physical theater and pays tribute to two greats of this genre, Charles Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Since its premiere in 2012, Kaput has toured four continents and won several awards, including the Weekly Award for Best Children’s Show in 2018 from the Adelaide Fringe in Australia, the second biggest arts festival in the world. Kaput is much more than a children’s show though: its creators say it aims to appeal to “people from 5 to 95 years old”. This will be its first performance in South America.

Written by: Tom Flanagan and Captain Frodo | Directed by: Gareth Bjaaland | Cast: Tom Flanagan | Music (piano): Mikey Lira | Producer: Koral Chandler.

“Flanagan is both an exceptional talent and a unique one”.

—The Guardian

It’s a touching tribute to silent film and to our childlike ability to laugh at mime. Most of its reviews from around the world highlight the fact that Kaput manages to charm the whole audience, not only youngsters. “Flanagan channeled every slapstick genius from Buster Keaton to Los Trios Ringbarkus (an Australian comedy trio) and added plenty of his own ingredients”, says The West Australian newspaper.

The audience plays an active part in the show. They not only get to laugh, but must also help Flanagan develop the story, especially when he needs ‘volunteers’ to solve a problem.

—Over seven years, it has won multiple awards and been performed at some of the most important circus arts venues in the world. At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the biggest arts event in the world, where Kaput was performed in 2018 – it was chosen as one of the five best comedy shows.

—Physical theater: This is a kind of theater based on the body’s expressive and communicational abilities, in performances whose aim is to tell a story using corporality. Its roots are in Japanese nō theater, Italian commedia dell’arte, circus acts, certain types of Asian theater and mime. Its modern-day version is usually said to date from the first half of the twentieth century.

—New circus: Also called contemporary circus (nouveau cirque in French), this performing arts genre - developed in the middle of the twentieth century - is characterized, among other things, by basing itself on a story told through different circus acts and disciplines. The focus is on making an esthetic impact and on a performance that tells a story, sometimes using theater techniques as well.

—Clown: In the words of Argentine actor, director, clown and teacher Marcelo Katz, “clowns make us laugh with their take on the world and attempts to rise above their failures. The clown technique is profound, crazy and unexpected”, he confirms. What makes them different from buffoons is “a big technical difference. The buffoon uses universal archetypes of ridicule (such as tripping), whereas clowns work with and draw from their own fears, dreams and obsessions”.

—Flying Fruit Fly Circus: This is the National Young Circus of Australia, founded in 1979 and one of the most important circus arts training centers in the world. It welcomes students aged three and up under the slogan ‘Ordinary children doing extraordinary things’.

—Kaput: This is a German word that describes something that’s broken or doesn’t work.

Kaput trailer on YouTube

Kaput on social media

On Instagram, @kaput_theshow

On Twitter, @TomIsKaput

On Facebook, TomisKaput

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