• Teatro clown de calle


By Tuga Intervenciones, Mimo Tuga


  • Spanish
  • 20 minutes
  • General Audience

Three mime artists do what they’re best at on the streets. Mimo Tuga, Pacoyaso and PPI join forces to make us both laugh and reflect.

The popular characters Mimo Tuga, Pacoyaso and PPI (Pepe Tramoya Táctico) from Valparaíso make up COMANDO R.I.E., a quick-witted and versatile team that is highly trained in silliness and enjoying life. Aboard the Laughter Tank, the team takes over different parts of the city to relieve inhabitants from monotony and provide hilarious instructions for self-care during the pandemic.

Cast and crew

Comando R.I.E.: Rodolfo Meneses [Mimo Tuga], Oscar Ramirez [Pacoyaso], José Salinas [PPI. Tramoya Táctico] | General production: Marion Diaz De Cerio.

Sebastián Runner


The Company

In charge of mime

Tuga was created in 2005 as a result of Rodolfo Meneses’ experimentation and adventures on the street, quickly becoming an emblematic character in the city of Valparaíso. In 2010, the company was born with the arrival of Marion Diaz de Cerio, a street theater producer from France, who encouraged the artist’s work and got him involved in international street theater. The company has held different interventions on the streets and at venues, festivals and social and business events, interested not only in humor and entertainment, but also in bringing art with political, human and universal content to communities. That’s why the audience can identify with the characters created, who appear in relatable and thrilling situations. Among the recognition the company has received for its work is the audience award at the Mim’Off Festival in Périgueux, France in 2011 and special awards from the IDOL World Festival of Circus Art in Moscow and the International Circ Elefant d’Or in Girona in 2019. They also achieved national recognition for their contribution to culture in the city of Valparaíso from the North American Institute of Culture in 2016, as well as the Pista de Oro award at the International Circus Festival in Chile, organized by the National Circus Syndicate in 2018.

—More than going to see it, you’ll actually probably come across their interventions at some point around the city, with people milling around and laughing being clear signs of their presence. Mimo Tuga made Victoria Square in Valparaíso his first home and his improvisation has helped dispel the public’s atavistic fear of being imitated by a mime in public.

—The company is part of the city’s living patrimony, seen in Claudio Martínez Valenzuela’s documentary, Tuga, desorden en la vía pública (2016). Marion Díaz de Cerio was also part of the technical team that designed the first municipal bylaw in Chile to regulate, encourage and protect street artists in the Valparaíso area.

Clown: This theatrical character is based on the jesters (sometimes dwarves or hunchbacks) who used to entertain kings and their courts. Since they were not taken seriously, they were the only people who could freely express opinions about social norms and authority. The figure of the jester is still seen in the servants of commedia dell'arte and in the white-faced clowns of English pantomime. At the end of the nineteenth century, the first female clown appeared and Joseph Grimald elevated white-faced clowns to a starring role. There are two types of clown: the Auguste, a fool who fails everything and his counterpart, the white-faced clown who is elegant, serious and represents authority. The main difference between clowns and other comic characters is that they are not just actors playing a role, but rather actors that reveal the clown that exists in each and every one of us.

Mime: This Greek word means to imitate reality, with mimes imitating life around them. At first, they spoke or sang as well as using their bodies. According to the Royal Spanish Academy, they are “actors and theater performers who use gestures and body movements either exclusively or principally to perform for an audience”. Mimes are artists that need to train the different parts of their body hard in order to transmit messages to the people watching. In the words of Marcel Marceau, "words make it easier to express yourself; they can lie, have a double meaning or a dual intention. The mime’s behavior is clear and visible. He shouldn’t be enigmatic but immediately understood, catching the public’s attention through the performance’s form, beauty and message”. Marcel also defines mime as “the art of silence”.

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