This review was originally written for the daily Flare Festival publication.
Celine Dion, Grace Jones and Justin Timberlake all in a small studio space in Manchester City Centre, and they’re all speaking at once. #losmicrophonos is a light hearted performance of popular culture created with the use of voice loops, making the performance non-sensical yet familiar and fun to watch.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE! LAKE! LAKE! lake lake lake…
The Spanish born artists create a landscape of sound with familiar Hollywood names, and often overcoming linguistical barriers with their accents but it is however taken in jest, and adds to the nature of the work, which is overall, very fun to watch.
Once you relax into the fact you are watching a show with little context, the show is very amusing, and puts a smile on your face.
Musical and physical comedy is always pretty hard to veer away from its slapstick typecast but performers Jorge Dutor and Guillem Mont de Palol teeter on the edge of it, and laugh along with the audience, understanding the absurdity of their content. There is a brief moment where the two come out of character, unable to hold back the laughter, and whether scripted or a genuine moment, it was a nice touch to see them enjoying themselves as much as the audience were. I cannot understand any deeper context than their humorous overtones, but what #losmicrophonos lacks in structure it gains in whimsical silliness, which was a definite crowd pleaser in studio two of the Royal Exchange. And who can resist an encore of dance tune Euphoria being sung with such passion by two grown men.