Physical Theater, or Movement Theater focuses on body language and
symbolic and representational movement. Incorporating mime, dance,
mask, acrobatics and other physical skills, performers create a
powerful theatrical experience with a minimum of props, costume and
scenery. The actors are the medium.
In People Like Me 2007: Motion Commotion,
renowned master performer James Donlon uses physical theater, mime and clown techniques to bring
the main character, a wacky inventor, to life, searching for a clean,
accessible, and free source of energy.
Collaboration is very important in the creation and performance of
physical theater. Actors, directors and writers improvise and
experiment to create bold and engaging new works. Collaboration
requires that all the elements of theater work together and are
acknowledged. All elements contribute to the creative process.
Collaboration is challenging in the sense that it is dependant on
negotiation, criticism and argument – from such discourse, however, it
is possible to forge fresh and novel approaches to the making of
In People Like Me 2006, Boxtales Theatre
performs as an unusual Book-worm who lives in the library of lore,
discovers how the myths and legends that are passed down through
generations, by dance and music from many cultures. Their
and movements create illusions and a very loveable character
discovers so much about himself that he undergoes quite a change!