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Insects

After I had finished reflecting on cardboard convenience stores and left them firmly in the crumpled past, I indulged in watching insects creep into theatres.

First, I saw the Metamorphosis at the Lyric Hammersmith, which had music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. It was wonderful, but sad, and at the end, after Gregor had gone, terribly creepy, with lurid flowers appearing, blooming, around the remaining family members, while the daughter, Grete, played on a swing.

Astronomy for Insects was possibly the first mime act I've seen. At times it contained excellent and intriguing imagery - devils forming in an industrial setting, people almost dancing along to industrial music in uniforms, somehow like at Slimelight, but at other times, the performance contained bulbous characters that moved more like Teletubbies and sometimes oddly had carrot noses and Santa hats. The scenes varied and some failed to hold my interest, but others were great. I'm not sure how astronomy or insects figured into it though. Check out Londonist's review: Astronomy for Insects.

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