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Tribune de Genève | Katia Berger - 09/02/2024

Flesh, the foreign body we seek to expel

Attention: Belgians on stage! Understand that absurdity will be elevated to the level of mastery, and that humor will tingle the brain just enough.

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Everything theater| Mary Pollard- 28/01/2023

Still Life are an extraordinary Belgian theater company, bringing Flesh to London for the first time as part of the London Mime Festival.

Flesh is a fascinating and wonderfully entertaining work, both beautifully understated yet epically impressive, and crafted with meticulous precision. This production makes the ordinariness of being humanboth sublime and interesting and it will certainly have you laughing your socks off!

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The Stage | Natasha Tripney- 27/01/2023

"Absurd, poignant and disquieting"

The London International Mime Festival invariably throws up some gems. This show by Belgian physical theater company Still Life, which went down well at the Avignon Festival last year, is a prime example.

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Broadway world | Alexander Cohen- 26/01/2023

Heartfelt tragedy and unspeakable beauty

From four images flow a smorgasbord of emotions. They split out off the

stage and fill the Barbican Theater with their tender embrace. ln just 
under an hour and a half Flesh, the UK debut of Belgian theater company 
Still Life, communicates tragic truths about the human condition all without uttering a word. 

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Total theatre | Dorothy Max Prior- 05/01/2023

The Word Made Flesh: London International Mime Festival 2023

"Death is always present - it reminds us that we are alive"

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Liberation | Anne Diatkine - 22/07/2022

In four small pieces without words, the collective Still Life draws, between fantastic and horrifying, a universe where any carnal encounter turns to disaster.

These are four mute and concise pieces around the embrace, flashes one might say, so striking that they speak without words – the spectator

takes over, words race through his mind in the face of wildly everyday and banally terrible situations that the instigators, inventors, directors, Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola, put before his eyes.

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SACD | Interview with Marie Baudet - 21/07/2022

The instinctive writing andspecialized de Still Life

What counts and what we absolutely want to dig into is this collective experience of living at the same time in the same place, without interference. It is so important, necessary, and increasingly rare.

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Transfuge | Hughes Le Tanneur - 08/07/2022

In FLESH, Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola search with scalpel the thickness of human flesh.

Dark humor flirting with the most unbridled fantasy is tonality dominant of FLESH, a show without words but of an impressive plastic strength.

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Les Inrockuptibles| Patrick Sourd - 08/07/2022

In four stories without words, we have fun with a big gap between life and the death.

So many places where the two authors put the bodies to the test du 

real, to deal with life and death, with the same biting irony

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La Terrasse | Anaïs Heluin -  26 /06/2022

FLESH, an entirely visual show by Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola

With FLESH, the creative duo formed by Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola continues its research on the need of the Other, and on the state of the body in our contemporary societies. Composed of four short forms, this entirely visual show plunges us into solitudes that are just waiting to be populated.

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Luxemburger Wort| Stephane Gilbart - 03/14/2022

About FLESH

If FLESH touches us so much, it is thanks to the magnificent work of the company Still Life [...]. What precision in the acting... bodily, down to the smallest detail, what precise cutting of the sequences, what mastery of the rhythm of the performance. 

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Moustique  Eric Russon - 02/26/2022

Fans of clever burlesque (and Terry Gilliam) will appreciate.

The Still Life company of Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola tackles the theme of the body in a visual show, both light and deep, which brings together a few short stories. [...] The force of the spectacle resides in the balance which it carries out permanently between the laughter which fuses and the tears which rise, sometimes at the same time.

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Le Suricate | Surya Buis - 02/21/2022

A contemporary satire with a taste of theatrical Black Mirror .

“By propelling us from a hospital room to a Virtual room, the 1h15 of the show of [la cie] Still Life sways between mischief and tragedy. A success that holds the spectator's eye captive despite the absence of dialogue. Mimesis of tragic events and modern vaudeville, the theatricality finds a fair balance well summed up by the title FLESH, touching dystopia. »

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Point Culture | Jean-Jacques Goffinon - 02/23/2022

Hilarious is a poor word here, chilling is just as much!

The show calls on so many registers combined to perfection that it is magnified, the aesthetic work largely at the height of what the Cie Still Life is used to offering. [...] LWithout words but with a ton of malice and justified intentions, the Company Still Life carries the public in its wacky cavalcades. A public fascinated, intrigued and for its greatest joy undermined. 

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Le Soir | Jean-Marie Wynants - 02/21/2022

In four short silent stories, Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola show how essential human contact, in the flesh, is to us.

Between laughter and emotion, Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola (with Thomas Van Zuylen for the screenplay, Sophie Leso for the setting in space and movement and Aurélie Deloche for the scenography as just as clever) lead us into their world where gestures take precedence over speech, where bodies express what voices do not say. 

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Request the program | Didier Beclard - 02/21/2022

The irrepressible need to connect with the other. [...] To discover.

Through four short stories without words, Sophie Linsmaux and Aurelio Mergola penetrate into the intimacy of human relationships. Between emotion and laughter, FLESH magnifies the touch of the flesh, the physical contact, the embrace relegated to the rank of fantasy in these times of pandemic. 

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La Libre | Marie Baudet - 02/18/2022

The new creation of the company Still Life questions, in four silent paintings, our hunger for contact.

Hilarious and tragic, four moments that put into perspective, presence and absence, lack and desire, greed and spite. 

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Focus - Le Vif | Estelle Spoto - 02/18/2022

Always relying on the power of the non-verbal, the company Still Life compiles in FLESH four short scenes where it is a question of real and false flesh, life and death. [...] oddly well typed.

In these piquant chronicles of human mores in the 21st century, reality reveals its hilarious absurdity in a surprise box (amazing scenography by Aurélie Deloche). It is sometimes adorned with fantastic to underline the line, in particular in a finale grand-guignolesque at will. 

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The Echo | Aliénor Debrocq - 02/12/2022 

Three years after NO ONE, the Still Life company returns to the Tanneurs stage for a creation in four short forms, like so many impulses.

"The two founders of Still Life like to say that they paint without words 'a world where everything is going terribly wrong': a formula which implies the importance of the grain of sand in the well-oiled machine of the system, the trigger of an often catastrophic situation that will arouse the emotion of the public and reconnect it to our common humanity. 

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