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MIMECYCLE | Henry James Walker
Thu, May 3 @ 7:30 pm
An original physical solo show by WWU Theatre alumnus Henry James Walker.
Some shows are best left unspoken. In Mimecycle, Henry James Walker bikes Seattle’s hostile streets without words or physical objects. Rainstorms and hurried drivers prove foils; to some, “the only good cyclist is a dead cyclist.”
Premiering in Seattle in February 2018, Mimecycle is a (nearly) non-verbal solo show about braving Seattle streets on two wheels and true grit. Heavily inspired by Sylvain Chomet’s The Triplets of Belleville and Pixar shorts—and fueled by clown and mime—Henry James Walker pulls the audience into their imagination and behind the handlebars in a whirlwind physical theatre piece. When traffic hums the mantra “the only good cyclist is a dead cyclist,” our hero sheds his fight or flight impulse and has learned to love the ride.
Mimecycle (originally named One Man, Two Wheels) is directed by Emily Harvey and was originally produced at 18th & Union, an arts space in Seattle, Washington. Both Henry James Walker and Emily Harvey are alumni of Western Washington University Department of Theatre & Dance.
Performances are 7:30pm Thu/Fri/Sat, May 3, 4 & 5 at the Sylvia Center Studio Theater.
$9 Sylvia Center Members & iDiOM Theater Season Passholders
$9 Students (Thu, May 3 only)
About the Artist
Henry James Walker is an actor, creator, and teacher based out of Seattle, Washington. Favorite performances have been in Richard II (Greenstage), Money & Run (Theater Schmeater), and One Man, Two Guv’nors (Sound Theatre Company). Since 2010 he has been devising new work with a core group of collaborators. Favorite projects include: Inspection! (Pocket Theater), Mayhem (Seattle Commedia Ensemble), and NDGM (Blood Ensemble/Ghost Light Theatricals). Henry is also a theater educator around the Seattle area. He is on the teaching staff at Studio East in Kirkland, Washington and has taught workshops at Auburn Riverside High School, Lakeside School, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. In addition, he runs a monthly workshop in Commedia dell’arte (titled the Commedia Jam). He has studied physical theater at the Commedia School in Copenhagen, Denmark and received his BA from Western Washington University. Mimecycle is his first original solo show.