STEPHANE GEORIS is a master at animating everyday objects for laughs and learning.
Using cauliflowers, cucumbers, and coffee pots in a family-friendly show, Belgian puppeteer Georis – as Professor Adam – explores the origins of the universe with hilarious results, albeit with an important underlying message.
“Adam is a teacher of science,” he says. “He’s a very bad scientist, and he invites other scientists from all over the world along. I play ten characters from different countries, who play with science objects to make an experience that proves the future doesn’t exist yet, the past is already over, and only the present exists; so we have to enjoy life here and now.”
An experienced street performer, Georis’ started out with the simple idea of using everyday objects to bring science to life. “I’ve been a clown and juggler in the past, and with clown art I discovered how to play with objects and give them life,” he says. “I want to bring objects alive, and give them a voice so they can tell a story. I try to be as simple as possible, as the best performance for me is a simple one. My shows are all visual; the most important things in the show are pictures, and I travel with only one suitcase as I like to make shows easy to travel with.”
As well as examining the universe, Professor Adam uses food items to take a closer look at the human body.
“The first experiment involves a cauliflower, which I use as a brain on which I do an operation to find out what’s inside,” he says.
“There’s another experiment in which I play with bread, and it gets a great reaction. Everywhere I go, I have a list of foods to buy at the supermarket: one cake, three loaves of bread, one carrot and so on.”
While there is a strong educational message, the main focus of the show is on humour, positivity, and hilarity.
“It’s not at all serious.” he says.
“There is a bottom line – a message – but we do it in a funny way. I use these objects to laugh about love, how time passes us by, and how we’re all getting old. The important thing is for us to laugh at these things and enjoy them.”
PROFESSOR ADAM APPEARS AT THE BRISBANE COMEDY FESTIVAL, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, ON MARCH 16th. WWW.BRISBANEPOWERHOUSE.ORG