LIMA – About 100 mimes and clowns on Sunday participated in a soundless “slow motion marathon” in Lima to inaugurate the 2017 Lima Mime Festival, which is being held between Jan. 11-27 with the slogan “Don’t talk.”
The “runners” highlighted their efforts, their exhaustion and the injuries they suffered during the “race” with expansive gestures and slow motion body movements, arousing the curiosity and tickling the funnybones of numerous passersby.
The rules for the event prohibited participants from running at normal speed, speaking or stopping to take “selfies” with spectators, who had to move along with the mimes to obtain photos.
The tongue-in-cheek race was held in Lima’s historic downtown between Plaza San Martin and the Peruvian North American Cultural Institute.
Without declaring an official winner, the mimes and clowns celebrated completing the symbolic 700-meter marathon (less than half a mile), a far cry from an official marathon’s 42,195 meters (26 miles).
Popular mime Jorge Acuña and theater actor and director Edgard Guillen kicked off the slow motion marathon, replacing mimes Juan and Carmen Piqueras due to the recent death of the former at age 82, although his presence was represented at the event with a photograph.
The coordinator of the Lima Mime Festival, Cesar Chirinos, told EFE that in contrast to the first such marathon held last year, this edition also included clowns because the competition wanted to include other artists that nourish miming as an art form.
“We want to create a space where practitioners of miming may observe how this art is nourished by contact with other disciplines and to focus on how they are also linked to miming,” said Chirinos, a member of the La Familia Mimo collective, the festival’s organizing group.
An assortment of public events and performances will be included in the two-and-a-half-week festival, which is geared to people of all ages.