Last weekend we took the train to Geneva and saw a fantastic piece of theatre. Slowly dying inside from lack of experiencing live performance, I think I worked out it had been coming up to 6 months since seeing a live show of any description. Waaaaaaay too long.
So, after some research, we got tickets to a production at Am Stram Gram, a theatre in Geneva mainly focussed on performances for kids.
and saw this show, “Echoa”
It was a great piece with no dialogue, mainly dance & percussion. 4 performers, 2 marimbas on stage & 2 drum sets set up low and above head height so the performers almost had to dance to reach them. All the performers were dancers & percussionists, making rhythms out of anything they could find, including their bodies.
It was magical. As an audience, we were completely engrossed & entertained. Full house of kids & families – such a refreshingly responsive & honest audience. And looking around, we were joking about picking out and “recognising” people. We didn’t actually know anyone there, but we recognised people as very similar to friends back home. And without meaning to sound like a wanker, we kind of felt “amongst it”, with our tribe.
Again, I felt a sigh of relief. After the show, we hung about in the foyer, basking in the afterglow that a good performance leaves you with. The foyer was decorated with huge colourful mobiles.
Trivia for the hand clapping games enthusiasts amongst you:
“Am Stram Gram” is a clapping rhyme similar to Eenie Meenie Miny Mo and it goes like this
Am, stram, gram,
Pic et pic et colégram,
Bour et bour et ratatam,
Am, stram, gram.
Mais comme le Roi [et la reine]
ne le veut(veulent) pas,
ça ne sera pas toi !