Review: Dewey Dell – They Rise and They Fall

One of five artists commissioned by the London International Mime Festival to bring their work to the festival’s online selection.

Dewey Dell are one of five artists commissioned by the London International Mime Festival to create a short film that isn’t driven by spoken text as part of the festival’s online material. 

The London Mime Festival 2022 is running until 6 February, both in person and online. Access to online shows can be found here.

Italian performing arts group Dewey Dell’s short film is beautiful yet almost sinister, foreboding ambient noise accompanying shadowy and indistinct visuals.

The group take inspiration from the natural world, which can be seen in the tree formations which they note as echoing our nervous and vascular systems, and in the movements of silhouetted dancers, moving as one organism, one minute a frog, the next an insect, and so on.

The imagery and sound design feel ritualistic and almost ancient, as if some unknown deity is being portrayed or spoken to. In this lies both the disquieting and the reassuring elements of Dewey Dell’s film, seeming both divine and profane.

The most fascinating part of the work is the choreography and the way that the dancers have pulled it off, their silhouettes appearing as one multi-limbed shape moving in such synchronicity that it feels a privilege to watch.

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Dulcie Geist

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Dulcie Geist is a Fine Art graduate, originally from Cardiff, now residing in Glasgow. They love Welsh culture, queer culture, pop culture, and lack of culture. They have a passion for the arts and an even deeper passion for anything that makes the arts more accessible (and frankly, more fun).

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