Cyprus Mail

Anything but…clowning around

By Maria Gregoriou

Being a clown isn’t all about squirting water from plastic flowers, big funny shoes, and saving a baby from a burning building, it is a heartfelt performance that, as with most comedy roles, has a lot of thought and emotion behind it.

This is what the French group Choc Trio Company will put into its Guitare Amoroso performance on Thursday at the Satiriko Theatre in Nicosia and the Rialto theatre in Limassol on Monday.

The clowning art and music comedy combined with the Argentine tango, tells the story of Mr Maurice who has returned home after a long trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina. He’s exhausted but happy as he will be reunited with the love of his life, his faithful classical guitar.

But this reunion will be much more complicated than expected as now Mr Maurice’s mind is totally occupied by the Argentine tango. He wants to share this new found passion with his classic guitar but the arrival of an electric guitar makes him rethink his feelings for the tango, such are relationships – complex.

The story of a man and his love for his guitar is told with music and clowning art, performed by a clown artist accompanied by three musicians. The clown, with a painted red nose, a bowtie and trousers that are a bit short, communicates with the audience, the musicians and his guitar though gestures, while the Argentinean tango highlights his emotions and gives the story an artistic language.

Without words, the Choc Trio Company dive deep into the complexity of human relationships and test our ability to live together. This parody and music solo gives voice to the deep emotion of love, touches on the antagonism between youth and maturity, the differences between modernity and tradition, and the difficulties couples face.

The performance, which is full of sensuality, gentleness and emotion, brings together some acrobatics, some clowning around, some juggling, dancing and music. Playwright and scenographer Claude Cordier takes on the role of Mr Maurice with a fresh kind of naivety, something that we are a victim of when blinded by love.
These very unique performances are appropriate for audiences from six-years-old and are organised by the French Institute of Cyprus and the Rialto theatre.
Get ready for an emotional ride that will last for an hour and 15 minutes, and be prepared to never look at clowns the same way again.

Guitare Amoroso
The Choc Trio company present a clown comedy combination with the Argentine tango. March 13. Satirico Theatre, Aglantzia, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €12/free. Tel: 22-459 333
March 16. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm.

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